Thermal treatment of solid residues from WtE units: a review

A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review

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List of Authors: Daniel Lindberg, Camilla Molin, Mikko Hupa
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2015
Journal: Waste Management
Volume number: 37
Issue number: SI
Start page: 82
End page: 94
eISSN: 1879-2456


Thermal treatment methods of bottom ash, fly ash and various types of APC (air pollution control) residues from waste-to-energy plants can be used to obtain environmentally stable material. The thermal treatment processes are meant to reduce the leachability of harmful residue constituents, destroy toxic organic compounds, reduce residue volume, and produce material suitable for utilization. Fly ash and APC residues often have high levels of soluble salts, particularly chlorides, metals such as cadmium, lead, copper and zinc, and trace levels of organic pollutants such as dioxins and furans. Different thermal treatment methods can be used to either decompose or stabilize harmful elements and compounds in the ash, or separate them from the ash to get a material that can be safely stored or used as products or raw materials. In the present paper, thermal treatment methods, such as sintering, vitrification, and melting have been reviewed. In addition to a review of the scientific literature, a survey has been made of the extensive patent literature in the field.

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