Master´s Thesis 2011


Development of Waste To Energy in China; and Case Study of the Guangzhou Likeng WTE plant
Yani Dong
This thesis consists of two parts. The first is an overview and update of the overall Chinese waste-to-energy (WTE) industry, its environmental performance, and economics. The second part is a case study of the application of WTE in Guangzhou City in China that included a field trip report of the Guangzhou Likeng WTE plant.
Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Waste To Energy Plant for Montevideo; and Waste To Energy in Small Islands
MarĂ­a Elena DĂ­az Barriga
This thesis consists of two parts. The first is a cost-benefit analysis by the author of a waste to energy (WTE) plant in Montevideo, Uruguay; the second part is a description of WTE projects in various islands, some of which have succeeded and some are in various phases of implementation.
PART A: MSW Management in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Potential for a Waste-To-Energy Plant. PART B: Upgrading Low BTU Fuels to Reduce Emissions in Internal Combustion Engines.
Natali Ganfer
PART A: Solid Waste Management (SWM) is a major concern for most Argentinean municipalities. The population of most Argentinean municipalities is constantly increasing. As a result of the increase, the cities’ borders constantly expand and this results to ever increasing land prices in areas closer to the city. These factors coupled with a population who refuse to have waste management facilities located near their houses (phenomenon known as “not in my backyard”), results in landfills located further and further away from population centers. The City of Buenos Aires (CBA or the City) and its metropolitan area were selected as the subject of the present analysis on SWM for its critical role in Argentinean MSW disposal. This area generates 40% of the total MSW of the country. The Accesso Norte III landfill is utilized to dispose of 90% of this waste i.e. 36% of the country’s MSW is expected to reach its full capacity in 2012.
The Garbage Patch in the Oceans: the Problem and Possible Solutions
A study was conducted to assess the size and impact of a Garbage Patch in the Oceans. The findings from the study were compiled from a combination of mathematical and physical models estimates and data from expeditions.
Generation and Disposition of MSW in Mexico and Potential for Improving Waste Management in Toluca Municipality
MarĂ­a Gaviota Velasco PĂ©rez Alonso
The purpose of this study was to examine the generation and disposition of municipal solid wastes (MSW) in Mexico and, particularly in Toluca (population 0.82 million), the capital city of the State of Mexico. Based on the results of this investigation, sets of actions are recommended for implementing a more sustainable management system in the municipality of Toluca.
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