Pyrolysis and Gasification of Food Waste

Jun Zhou, Gaihong Wang, Mengyao Wang, Peiru Zhu, Binghua Yan, Liwen Luo, Jonathan Wong

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Pyrolysis and gasification of food waste has been identified as a potential emerging waste-to-energy technology. This chapter presented an overview on pyrolysis and gasification of food waste. The characteristics of various pyrolysis and gasification reactors and the parameters such as moisture content, temperature, and copyrolysis are summarized in this chapter. The characteristics and utilization of gas, liquid, and biochar produced during pyrolysis and gasification are discussed. The main factors that affect the pyrolysis and gasification of food waste are the proportion of various materials, the pyrolysis and gasification temperatures, the type of reactor, and the operating parameters. Furthermore, improvements in pyrolysis and gasification of food waste are proposed. To improve resource recovery, it is necessary to optimize the control parameters, increase the reaction rate, promote the high value of the target product, inhibit the formation of other products and pollutants, and investigate the mechanism of the operation parameters so as to produce more useful products toward zero discharge in the further study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Food Waste Management. Resource Recovery and Treatment
EditorsJonathan Wong, Guneet Kaur, Mohammad Taherzadeh, Ashok Pandey, Katia Lasaridi
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128191491
ISBN (Print)9780128191484
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Biochar
  • Food waste
  • Pyrolysis and gasification
  • Resource recovery
  • Temperature


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