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Title: Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United States

Abstract

Waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies provide opportunities to use waste materials beneficially in producing power, transportation fuels, and chemicals. Using a suite of economic models, this study estimates prices of four WTE resources: food waste; fats, oils, and greases (FOG); animal manure; and sewage sludge. Some of these materials are commoditized (e.g. FOG) thus their price is determined by market demand. For the materials regarded as waste, the study relates price to the avoided cost of disposal through waste management alternatives such as landfilling. This study finds that significant amounts of these feedstocks could be available at negative prices, meaning that a potential bioenergy facility could receive these materials for free or be paid to accept them in some locations. It is estimated that about 61% of sewage sludge, 27% of manure, and 7% of food waste may be available at negative prices. These negative price feedstocks are not uniformly distributed and are most likely to occur in areas with organic waste disposal bans, high population densities, and high landfill tipping fees. This study intends to open an initial discussion into how stakeholders view and value these materials, and how this view is evolving as their potential as WTE feedstocks is realized.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
OSTI Identifier:
1569211
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-6A20-74819
Journal ID: ISSN 0360-5442
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 176; Conference: Presented at the 92nd Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2019), 23-24 September 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; power; transportation fuels; chemicals; disposal; waste management; food waste; fats; oils; greases; cost reduction

Citation Formats

Badgett, Alex, Newes, Emily K, and Milbrandt, Anelia R. Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United States. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2019.03.188.
Badgett, Alex, Newes, Emily K, & Milbrandt, Anelia R. Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United States. United States. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2019.03.188.
Badgett, Alex, Newes, Emily K, and Milbrandt, Anelia R. Thu . "Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United States". United States. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2019.03.188. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1569211.
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title = {Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United States},
author = {Badgett, Alex and Newes, Emily K and Milbrandt, Anelia R},
abstractNote = {Waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies provide opportunities to use waste materials beneficially in producing power, transportation fuels, and chemicals. Using a suite of economic models, this study estimates prices of four WTE resources: food waste; fats, oils, and greases (FOG); animal manure; and sewage sludge. Some of these materials are commoditized (e.g. FOG) thus their price is determined by market demand. For the materials regarded as waste, the study relates price to the avoided cost of disposal through waste management alternatives such as landfilling. This study finds that significant amounts of these feedstocks could be available at negative prices, meaning that a potential bioenergy facility could receive these materials for free or be paid to accept them in some locations. It is estimated that about 61% of sewage sludge, 27% of manure, and 7% of food waste may be available at negative prices. These negative price feedstocks are not uniformly distributed and are most likely to occur in areas with organic waste disposal bans, high population densities, and high landfill tipping fees. This study intends to open an initial discussion into how stakeholders view and value these materials, and how this view is evolving as their potential as WTE feedstocks is realized.},
doi = {10.1016/j.energy.2019.03.188},
journal = {},
issn = {0360-5442},
number = ,
volume = 176,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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