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Modeling and Simulation of a Solid Waste Incineration Sustainable Energy System

[+] Author Affiliations
Matias N. Muñoz, José V. C. Vargas, Wellington Balmant, Andre B. Mariano

Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil

Juan C. Ordóñez

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Paper No. POWER2018-7497, pp. V001T01A013; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 Power Conference collocated with the ASME 2018 12th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2018 Nuclear Forum
  • Volume 1: Fuels, Combustion, and Material Handling; Combustion Turbines Combined Cycles; Boilers and Heat Recovery Steam Generators; Virtual Plant and Cyber-Physical Systems; Plant Development and Construction; Renewable Energy Systems
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, June 24–28, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division, Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division, Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5139-5
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Urban solid waste generation has drastically grown around the world, requiring creative, ecologically correct and sustainable solutions to be developed. This work considers a problem of thermodynamic optimization of extracting the most energy from a stream of hot exhaust produced by urban solid waste incineration, considering a stoichiometric combustion model, when the contact heat transfer area is fixed. For that, a mathematical model is introduced to evaluate the rate of heat generation due to the waste incineration process, and the exergetic (power) rate captured by a heat recovery steam generator (heat exchanger). The numerical results show that when the (cold) receiving stream boils in the counterflow heat exchanger; the thermodynamic optimization consists of locating the optimal capacity rate of the cold current. At the optimum, the cold side of the heat transfer surface is divided into three sections: preheating of liquid, boiling and superheating of steam. Experimental results are in good qualitative and quantitative agreement with the numerically calculated mathematical model results. Microalgae cultivated in large-scale vertical tubular compact photobiorreactors are investigated to treat the emissions produced by the incineration, and to increase the efficiency of the global system via cogeneration of co-products with high aggregated commercial value.

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