Curated Session: Energy Recovery

WTERT Session 1 — Organized by EEC|CCNY (1 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:00
Room 310

Moderator: Michael Greenberg, President, GT Environmental, Inc., Ohio

The Global WTERT Council is an academic-industry organization based in the U.S. with sister organizations in 12 countries. Its goal is to advance sustainable waste management through research, education and dissemination of information worldwide. At this time, the activities of WTERT-USA encompass research at the Earth Engineering Centers of City College of New York (EEC|CCNY) and Columbia University. This session includes research findings from applied and practical investigations associated with all aspects of sustainable waste management by EEC|CCNY. It will include an overview of sustainable waste management and how together with WTE they are connected to the food, energy, water (FEW) nexus. Specific presentations will focus on large-scale reuse efforts in New York City and technical evaluations on smaller-scale operations.


EEC-CCNY Research Update

Professor Marco J. Castaldi, Director, Earth Engineering Center, City College of New York; Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, The City College of New York, CUNY; Board of Directors Global WTERT Council

Marco Castaldi

Marco Castaldi was born in New York City and received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (Magna cum Laude) from Manhattan College. His Ph.D. is in chemical engineering from UCLA and he has minors in advanced theoretical physics and astrophysics. Professor Castaldi has approximately 90 peer-reviewed research articles, 40 peer-reviewed conference papers, three book chapters and 11 patents in the fields of catalysis, combustion and gasification. Some of his research findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Observer, CNN and trade publications. Prior to his academic career, Professor Castaldi worked as manager of fuel processor component development for Precision Combustion, Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut. Professor Castaldi has established the Earth Engineering Center at City College, City University of New York, to bring to bear rigorous engineering solutions that enable responsible use of energy and materials for the advancement of society.

Demetra Tsiamis, Associate Director, Earth Engineering Center, City College of New York

Demetra Tsiamis

Demetra Tsiamis is the associate director of the Earth Engineering Center at City College of New York (EEC|CCNY). She oversees the applied research programs at EEC|CCNY sponsored by operating companies and industry consortia in the field of sustainable waste management and conversion. She serves as lead engineer on several projects and has led research programs on waste conversion for companies and organizations such as Covanta and the American Chemistry Council. Her expertise is in thermal conversion of waste with a focus on gasification and pyrolysis of non-recyclable plastics. Ms. Tsiamis also is involved in the development of waste education and public outreach efforts of EEC|CCNY and has participated in the establishment of research partnerships with government agencies and municipalities including the Department of Sanitation in the City of New York. Prior to joining EEC|CCNY, Ms. Tsiamis worked at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services in New York. She received a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union in New York and a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University, where she investigated for her thesis the technical feasibility of commercial pyrolysis technologies in the treatment of New York City’s non-recyclable plastics.

Reuse in NYC

Lorena Fortuna, Project Manager, NYC Center for Materials Reuse, Data Management & Research

Lorena Fortuna

Lorena Machado-Fortuna has a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from the City University of New York, where she researched the environmental contributions of reuse in integrated solid waste management systems. She works at the NYC Center for Materials Reuse, where she manages research and development of new technologies and methodologies that can assist waste prevention initiatives in New York City. Dr. Fortuna came originally from Brazil, where she earned her civil engineering degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Lightning in a Bottle: The Truth about Plasma Gasification

Dana-Jill Stroeder, Environmental Engineer, GHD, Canada

Dana Stroeder

Dana-Jill Stroeder has been working in the solid waste management field for the past 10 years. Ms. Stroeder’s primary areas of focus include composting, anaerobic digestion, mechanical biological treatment (MBT) and energy from waste (EFW) facilities. Her previous EFW experience includes the conceptual design, permitting and contractor procurement for a 200,000 tonne per year merchant gasification EFW facility and a 165,000 tonne per year pyrolysis EFW facility. Ms. Stroeder recently completed a feasibility study of plasma gasification technologies for the conversion of municipal and industrial solid waste into value-added products for Alberta Innovates, which included an assessment of incineration, gasification and plasma gasification technologies.