A multi-criteria analysis of options for energy recovery from municipal solid waste in India and the UK

Yap, H.Y. and Nixon, J.D. (2015) A multi-criteria analysis of options for energy recovery from municipal solid waste in India and the UK. Waste Management, 46, pp. 265-277. ISSN (print) 0956-053X

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Abstract

Energy recovery from municipal solid waste plays a key role in sustainable waste management and energy security. However, there are numerous technologies that vary in suitability for different economic and social climates. This study sets out to develop and apply a multi-criteria decision making methodology that can be used to evaluate the trade-offs between the benefits, opportunities, costs and risks of alternative energy from waste technologies in both developed and developing countries. The technologies considered are mass burn incineration, refuse derived fuel incineration, gasification, anaerobic digestion and landfill gas recovery. By incorporating qualitative and quantitative assessments, a preference ranking of the alternative technologies is produced. The effect of variations in decision criteria weightings are analysed in a sensitivity analysis. The methodology is applied principally to compare and assess energy recovery from waste options in the UK and India. These two countries have been selected as they could both benefit from further development of their waste-to-energy strategies, but have different technical and socio-economic challenges to consider. It is concluded that gasification is the preferred technology for the UK, whereas anaerobic digestion is the preferred technology for India. We believe that the presented methodology will be of particular value for waste-to-energy decision-makers in both developed and developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Chemical engineering
General engineering and mineral and mining engineering
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (until 2017) > School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering
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Depositing User: Anna Englund
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 15:25
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 10:07
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2015.08.002
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/32293

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