Curated Session: Energy Recovery

WTERT Session 2 — Organized by EEC-Columbia (1 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:00 – 11:00
Room 310

Moderator: Michael Grappé, Director of Special Projects, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

This session includes the results of EEC-Columbia studies on the inventory of anthropogenic mercury emissions in the U.S. and a comparison of thermal spray coatings for prolonging the life of superheater tubes; also, two studies on closing of landfills using the WTE-EfW process and the use of waste fuels in cement production.


EEC-Columbia update

Professor Nickolas J. Themelis, Director, Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University; Stanley-Thompson Professor Emeritus, Earth and Environmental Engineering (Henry Krumb School of Mines); Chair Global WTERT Council

Nickolas Themelis

Dr. Themelis obtained his B. Eng. (British Association Medal for Great Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in chemical engineering. In the first 10 years of his career, he was director of the Engineering Division of the Noranda Research Center in Pointe Claire, where he invented and helped develop the Noranda process for the continuous smelting and converting of copper concentrates and recycled copper and the recovery of sulphur dioxide as sulphuric acid. Since its inception, the Noranda process has reduced sulphur emissions from copper smelting to the atmosphere by millions of tons. In 1972–1980, Prof. Themelis was vice president of Technology of Kennecott Corp., the major non-ferrous company at that time. He was appointed as professor by Columbia University (New York City, U.S.A.) in 1980 and was elected to Stanley-Thompson Chair of Chemical Metallurgy in 1988. He was chairman of the Henry Krumb School of Mines and founded Columbia's Earth Engineering Center in 1996. In 1995, he introduced at Columbia University the teaching of industrial ecology to engineers and in 1997 led the transformation of the historic School of Mines to the new engineering discipline of Earth and Environmental Engineering and was first chairman of the new Department. Prof. Themelis is founder and Chairman of the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), an international consortium of universities, companies and governmental organizations concerned with the recovery of materials and energy from industrial and municipal wastes by means of recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting, waste-to-energy and landfill gas capture and utilization.

Athanasios (Thanos) C. Bourtsalas; Adjunct Professor, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University; Manager, Earth Engineering Centre/ Global WTERT-Council

Athanasios Bourtsalas

Athanasios (Thanos) C. Bourtsalas is an adjunct professor at the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department of Columbia University. He also is the manager of the Earth Engineering Centre-Columbia (WTERT-US). He is involved in advisory projects relevant to sustainable waste management. He is the principal researcher for a project funded by the Columbia Global Centres related to the advancement of waste management in Latin America. The objectives are associated with the advancement of recycling through inclusion of informal recyclers to the formal sector and thermal treatment of the post-recycled waste for the production of energy and materials. He is participating in the technical advisory panel of Singapore’s Environmental Protection Agency for the development of environmental guidelines for the beneficial use of waste-to-energy bottom ash. Also, he was a co-author to the solid waste chapter of the Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), developed by the Earth Institute of Columbia University and presented at the COP-21 in Paris on December 2015.

Closing of Landfills using “Materials/Energy from Waste” Solutions

Christophe Cord’Homme, Development Director, CNIM of France

Christophe CordHomme

As engineer of “Mines Paris Tech”, Christophe Cord’Homme began his career at the National Agency for Nuclear Waste Disposal (ANDRA). Then he served as project manager for ENTROPIE S.A. to build thermal desalination plants and absorption chillers. Since 1993, he has been working for CNIM group, initially as commercial manager for waste and flue gas treatment. He joined LAB in 2001 first to serve as sales director, then as project director and finally in the position of general manager delegate of LAB S.A. As a member of the Board of LAB, he became in 2011, development director for the environment sector of CNIM Group.

Energy Recovery by Using Waste Fuels in Cement Industry

Dr. Renato Sarc, Deputy of the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria

Renato Sarc

Dr. Renato Sarc is the deputy of the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management at Austrian Montanuniversitaet Leoben and leader of the working group “Waste Fuels”. He finished his study on industrial environmental technology and waste management at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben in Austria. The title of his PhD thesis is Design, Quality and Quality Assurance of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for Achieving 100% Thermal Substitution in Cement Industry. He has gained additional qualifications in waste management like “waste manager” and “waste management officer”. He has worked on national and international projects in cooperation with different companies and institutions. Also, he is a member the ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery and the International Waste Working Group, a scientific reviewer for WM&R and has received several awards for his work. He has authored a wide range of publications in the scientific area of waste management.