Using MSW as a Feedstock for Conversion and Other Uses
Bradley Kelley, Senior Project Engineer, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB)
The goal of this talk is to discuss the perspective of MSW as a feedstock from the recent meeting of the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) at Oak Ridge National Labs. FCIC has mostly been focused on biological feedstocks such as corn stover and woody waste, but is beginning to explore MSW as a potential feedstock for conversion technology. (Not alone in this, but this is one of the few non-private sectors looking at MSW conversion). We will talk about some of the issues with nomenclature and discuss how haulers and processors might provide samples for further research. We will also discuss some of the issues they are seeing with MSW feedstocks such as variability and handling of the materials and the current landscape of MSW processing. In conclusion, we will also discuss how revisiting Wet/Dry collections might provide MSW feedstocks that would be more easily converted to either fuel or to reusable base chemicals instead of the current black-bag systems.
Mr. Kelley has over 25 years of engineering design experience both as a consultant and in the private sector. As part of his background for equipment manufacturers, he has worked on the concept and design of a multitude of processing systems for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), single stream, construction waste and demolition debris (C&D), biomass, and waste-to-energy projects. He is the concept designer of two facilities, one for single stream processing and one for C&D processing, that were presented Gold Excellence Awards by the Solid Waste Association of North America.