Plastics to Energy: Fuel, Chemicals, and Sustainability Implications covers important trends in the science and technology of polymer recovery, such as the thermo-chemical treatment of plastics, the impact of environmental degradation on mechanical recycling, incineration and thermal unit design, and new options in biodegradable plastics. The book also introduces product development opportunities from waste materials and discusses the main processes and pathways of the conversion of polymeric materials to energy, fuel and chemicals. A particular focus is placed on industrial case studies and academic reviews, providing a practical emphasis that enables plastics practitioners involved in end-of-life aspects to employ these processes.
Final sections examine lifecycle and cost analysis of different plastic waste management processes, exploring the potential of various techniques in modelling, optimization and simulation of waste management options.
- Introduces new pathways for the end-of-life treatment of plastics and polymers, including conversion to energy, fuel and other chemicals
- Compares different options to assist materials scientists, engineers and waste management practitioners to choose the most effective and sustainable option
- Covers the latest trends in the science and technology of polymer energy recovery
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Part II: Products Recovery From Plastics 5. Feedstock and Optimal Operation for Plastics to Fuel Conversion in Pyrolysis 6. Catalytic Conversion and Chemical Recovery 7. Fuel Properties Associated with Catalytic Conversion of Plastics 8. Design and Limitations in Polymer Cracking Fluidised Beds for Energy Recovery) 9. Kinetic Studies Related to Polymer Degradation and Stability 10. Gasification of Plastic Solid Waste and Competitive Technologies 11. The Valorisation of Plastic via Thermal Means: Industrial Scale Combustion Methods 12. Emissions and Environmental Burdens Associated with Plastic Solid Waste Management
Part III: Sustainable Implications 13. From Waste to Resources: How to Integrate Recycling into the Production Cycle of Plastics 14. Bio-Plastics: Is It The Way In Future Developments For End Users? A note on dissolution of waste polymers in Bio-Fuels 15. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Municipal Waste Decision Making 16. Can Biodegradation Solve Plastic Waste Accumulation? 17. Optimization Frameworks in Resource Management and Process Engineering 18. Waste from Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) 19. The role of biodegradation in solving plastic solid waste accumulation 20. Research and Development (R&D) Strategies: The Way Forward as we See it
Dr. Sultan Al-Salem is an Associate Research Scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, working on a number of projects in the areas of polymer mechanical recycling via waste/virgin blends weathering and evaluation, polymers degradation kinetics in pilot plant reactors, membrane technology in the petroleum industry, indoor/outdoor air quality assessment and CO2 source determination and capture in various industries.
He has worked on a number of R&D projects in the oil & gas sector, as well as the environmental and techno-economic side of chemical engineering. He focuses on applied research in in depolymerization kinetics, thermal engineering, polymer characterization, process & reactors design, separation technologies, weathering and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).