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The role of thermo-catalytic reforming for energy recovery from food and drink supply chain wastes

The role of thermo-catalytic reforming in decarbonizing the food chain through energy recovery of food supply chain wastes
: Kirby, Marie E.; Hornung, Andreas; Ouadi, Miloud; Theodorou, Michael K.

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Energy Procedia 123 (2017), S.15-21
ISSN: 1876-6102
International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains (ICSEF) <1, 2017, Berkshire>
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Sulzbach-Rosenberg ()
food chain waste; intermediate pyrolysis; thermo-catalytic reforming; decarbonisation

Disposal of food and drink wastes, including packaging wastes, has a significant cost and environmental impact. All carbon containing wastes have an energy potential and the food industry should focus on recovering that energy to offset their reliance on fossil-fuel derived energy sources. This paper focuses on the novel use of intermediate pyrolysis for decarbonizing the food chain, through the treatment of food and packaging waste, to recover energy. The TCR is a versatile technology which overcomes many of the traditional problems associated with fast pyrolysis and can thermo-chemically convert a range of different feedstocks, including inaccessible lignin and some inorganic, recalcitrant materials. The feedstocks are converted into new fuel sources; char, bio-oil (thermally stable) and permanent gases, for further electrical and heat generation. Ultimately with the use of the TCR technology, the food production industry could look to using decentralized power generation located on-site of large food processing facilities to optimize their energy efficiencies.