WTE: Boiler and Power Generation

  • M. A. J. (Marcel) van BerloEmail author
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Cost-benefit analysis.


Combined heat and power: production of electricity combined with delivery of heat, e.g., for district heating.


Energy from waste, synonym of WTE.


Life-cycle analysis.


Municipal solid waste: residential, commercial, and other urban waste. It is the residual part, which is the non-source separated stream.


EU legislative distinction between reuse and disposal of waste.


Refuse-derived fuel: pretreated waste, mainly by shredding and recovery of some recyclable materials and removal of inert and wet fractions. It consists mainly of packaging paper and plastics.


Waste to energy: thermal treatment of wastes with energy recovery.

Definition of the Subject

This entry describes the history of WTE and technological developments with regard to increasing the energy efficiency of this process and ways to assess energy efficiency.

In the history, four distinct stages are described involving improvements on the combustion system, flue...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Free University of Amsterdam and AEB-AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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