Title

Modeling of a New Waste-to-Energy Plant Design

Presenter Information

Joshua Heath

Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Research Advisor

Smith, Joseph D.

Advisor's Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Abstract

Over the course of the last few decades, there has been an increasing demand for clean renewable energy. The typical sources that come to mind are hydroelectric, solar, wind, and biomass. Another potent source of power comes from burning municipal waste. Every year, billions of tons of waste are recycled or put into landfills and left to decompose. This same waste holds billions of joules of potential energy which could be used to power communities and industry. This project will focus on designing an Aspen model of waste to energy (WTE) plant designed by Tony Hughey of UKON which could prove to be far more efficient than current WTE plants available. The model will be used to analyze the energetics and the material balances of the plant and potentially be used to refine the design even more.

Biography

Joshua Heath is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a Biochemical emphasis at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is interested in renewable energy along with agriculture and medicine. He currently does research under Dr. Smith by working in the biodiesel subgroup of his research. In addition, he is an Eagle Scout and a member of Omega Chi Epsilon, the chemical engineering honor society.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Modeling of a New Waste-to-Energy Plant Design

Upper Atrium/Hall

Over the course of the last few decades, there has been an increasing demand for clean renewable energy. The typical sources that come to mind are hydroelectric, solar, wind, and biomass. Another potent source of power comes from burning municipal waste. Every year, billions of tons of waste are recycled or put into landfills and left to decompose. This same waste holds billions of joules of potential energy which could be used to power communities and industry. This project will focus on designing an Aspen model of waste to energy (WTE) plant designed by Tony Hughey of UKON which could prove to be far more efficient than current WTE plants available. The model will be used to analyze the energetics and the material balances of the plant and potentially be used to refine the design even more.