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Waste 2-for-1 Special: Municipal Incinerators and Conversion Technologies


Course 1 - Thermal Processing of Municipal Solid Waste

The 1970’s saw the emergence of the incineration systems that started the Waste-to-Energy movement. Remarkable, these systems still dominate the world marketplace today.

So what is a municipal incinerator and how does it work?

Join Walter Niessen for the first session in our 3-part Incineration Series exploring the current options in mass burn incineration systems, their design and operating components, their relationship to the basic characteristics of domestic solid waste, and the special characteristics of refuse derived fuel (RDF) based combustion systems.

In this online training webinar, we’ll take a step beyond our Combustion Series to delve into the details of the current waste combustion and waste-to-energy systems dominating the marketplace. We’ll start our discussion with the fundamental characteristics of solid waste and their impact on combustion systems and air emissions. We’ll discuss the key handling properties of combustion systems and each system’s characteristics (Maximum Continuous Rating) and how these define incinerator operations. We’ll explore the details of current mass market waste combustion systems, their designs, their operating features, and applications, as well as mass burn incineration, refuse derived fuel (RDF), and densified RDF. Within this discussion, we’ll discuss the elements, applications, and alternatives for incinerator components and sub-systems, including: waste receipt, storage, and feeding systems; combustion alternatives (grates, hearths, and fluidizing beds); enclosures; ash and ash processing systems; air pollution control systems; RDF-type incineration systems; and modular-type incineration systems. And finally we’ll end our discussion with an overview of municipal waste combustion where it is today, and preview our next session discussing where it is going tomorrow.

  • Learn the basic pattern and elements in bringing a new waste-to-energy system into being.
  • Learn the key characteristics of domestic solid waste
  • Learn the significant chemical, thermal and environmental properties of mixed waste and waste components as they impact on combustion systems and air emissions
  • Review the key materials handling properties of waste (MSW, RDF, and densified RDF)
  • Understand the overall system characteristics (Maximum Continuous Rating) defining incinerator operations
  • Understand the Firing Diagram that summarizes the performance envelope of incinerator operations
  • Understand the elements of selection of plant sites
  • Understand the alternatives and characteristics of: waste receipt, storage, and feeding systems; incinerator combustion alternatives (grates, hearths and fluidized beds); enclosures; ash and ash processing systems; and air pollution control systems
  • Understand the alternatives and characteristics of RDF-type and modular-type incineration systems

Course 2 - Conversion Technologies for Municipal Solid Waste

In the last two decades, the spotlight on air and ash emissions from municipal waste combustors (MWCs) has grown brighter by the year, spurring the emergence of a brand new class of environmentally benign technologies and alternatives – Conversion Technologies.

Get the 411 on emerging conversion technologies! Join Walter Niessen for the second session in our 3-part Incineration Master Class Series exploring the emerging conversion technologies, key characteristics and differences between these emerging technologies and conventional “mass burn” and refuse-driven fuel, the associated process streams and sidestreams, and the options in conversion system designs now appearing in the marketplace and their applications.

In this online training webinar, we’ll delve into the emerging conversion technologies, their key elements and differentiators from traditional combustors, their design and operating characteristics, and their process flow and steps (pre-processing, general heating, etc.). Within this discussion, we’ll detail the features of system alternatives for conversion technologies, including: pyrolysis heating; hot gas surface contact heating; direct heating; and partial combustion heating. Additionally, we’ll cover the principals of gasification processes; the resulting steams, sidestreams, and residues; and we’ll explore the utilization options for the synthesis gas generated by conversion technologies. Niessen will detail and discuss the alternatives in conversion technologies, including: Pan American Resources, International Environmental Solutions, SilvaGas, Alter NRG, InEnTec LLC, TPS Termiska, Ebara TwinRec Technology, Nippon Steel DMF, Consutech Air Oxidized Hearth Gasifier alternative, and Thermoselect. And finally, we’ll complete our course with a discussion of the issues and challenges of selecting advanced technologies, and a recommended approach to effective system selection.

  • Learn the basic pattern differentiating conversion from combustion processing technology
  • Learn the basic flowsheet steps for conversion technologies
  • Learn the elements of the pre-processing and general heating steps for conversion technologies
  • Learn the features of conversion technology alternatives, including: pyrolysis heating alternatives; hot gas surface contact heating alternatives; direct heating alternatives, and partial combustion heating alternatives.
  • Understand the principles of gasification processes
  • Learn about the process steams, sidestreams, and residues arising from operations
  • Learn about alternatives in conversion technologies, including: Pan American Resources, International Environmental Solutions, SilvaGas, Alter NRG, InEnTec LLC, TPS Termiska, Ebara TwinRec Technology, Nippon Steel DMF, Consutech Air Oxidized Hearth Gasifier alternative, and Thermoselect
  • Understand the issues and challenges of selecting advanced technologies for public sector waste management facilities

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 1520 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.

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Session: 3 H 0 M
Lectures: 2
Credits: 2 PDH / 0.2 CEU

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