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Investigation of feasibility of establishing waste to energy facility in Australia

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1 Author(s)
A. Zahedi ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Syst. Eng., Monash Univ., Caulfield, Vic., Australia

The disposal of waste has always presented significant practical and human problems. In many countries waste disposal has been biased essentially towards dumping and landfill. By introducing incineration plant into the waste disposable system not only will the volume of refuse be considerably reduced, but also its residues will be sterilized. In addition thermal and electrical energy can also be obtained from the plant. The necessity of introducing incinerator units into the waste disposal system is important because almost 60 percent of household waste matter is organic material with a substantial energy content. According to investigations carried out by the author, each person generates about 1 kilogram of garbage each day in Australia. In a city with a population of four million people, about 4000 tons of garbage is produced every day. This could be burnt to generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per day at a continuous rate of 100 MW. Using garbage as fuel in power stations would help energy and waste disposal problems. This paper discusses the current waste to energy technology and the problems associated with this technology, as well as advantages of introducing incinerators into the waste disposal system in Australia, daily household waste which is produced every day in different cities of Australia, energy contents of the household waste matters, possibility of establishing incineration plant for waste disposal, energy recovery function and description of major equipment used in incineration plants

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 1994. Humans, Information and Technology., 1994 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

2-5 Oct 1994