EEC|CCNY Hosts 2018 WTERT Conference
October 5, 2018
This past October 4th & 5th, 2018, The Earth Engineering Center at City College (EEC|CCNY) hosted a very successful EEC/WTERT 2018 Conference. The conference included speakers from around the world collectively representing the global perspective on best waste management practices. There were a total of 120 attendees representing 12 countries across five continents (Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Sudan, UK and US).
The takeaway message from the conference was that the circular economy is coming. Good engineering will get us there, but until then we will need to strengthen collaboration efforts to manage the growing waste streams properly.
Dr. Castaldi Interviewed by ACC's Chemical & Engineering News
September 26, 2018
Plastics have gained significant attention recently due to a number of domestic and international activities. This brings awareness to an issue that we have long been investigating but theoretically and practically with organizations ranging from the US EPA and start-up companies. A new story has been published in Chemical & Engineering News from the American Chemical Society exploring the use of plastic waste for energy generation where Professor Castaldi has been interviewed and quoted. To read the entire story please follow this link.
Tsiamis Writes Waste Dive Op-Ed on MSW Decoupling Research
September 7, 2018
The opinion editorial written by Tsiamis is titled "Study: Plastic isn't the source of society's waste problem". It can be accessed on the Waste Dive website by following this link.
EEC|CCNY Paper Featured on Sustainable Brands® Website
August 28, 2018
EEC|CCNY's latest publication on the "Role of Plastics in the Decoupling of MSW Generation and Economic Growth in the US" was recently cited in an article by Tony Kingsbury on the Sustainable Brands® website. The article is titled "Plastics’ Effect on Waste: The Answer Might Surprise You". It can be accessed following this link.
Castaldi and Tsiamis Featured on CCNY Website for Work on Gasification of Non-Recycled Plastics
June 8, 2018
The article can be accessed following this link.
EEC|CCNY Participates in DSNY's Annual donateNYC Conference
June 6, 2018
Castaldi acted as the event's M.C., while Tsiamis presented on the DSNY project about the global market for used textile exports from the United States. Additional information about the event is available here.
Congratulations EEC|CCNY Research Associates!
June 1, 2018
Isamar Garrido Rodriguez obtained her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from CCNY this spring. While pursuing her degree, Isamar was involved in research at EEC and received the Patell Prize for Excellence in Chemical Engineering, as well as the A.X. Schmidt Scholarship.
Other EEC research associates secured summer internships at Lockheed Martin (Grace Correa), Olin Corporation (Rainiel Baez), Dow Chemical Company (Christy Zhang) and US EPA (Alex Fenichell).
Congrats to all!
Publication of Paper on the “Role of Plastics in the Decoupling of MSW Generation and Economic Growth in the US”
May 25, 2018
EEC|CCNY's latest publication is written by Tsiamis, Torres and Castaldi. The paper is featured in the "Waste Management" journal and can be accessed online following this link.
EEC|CCNY Participates in NAWTEC 2018
May 16, 2018
During this year's North American Waste-to-Energy Conference (NAWTEC), EEC|CCNY research associates Grace Correa, Riliwan Sanni, Tasnuva Moutushi, and Joe Figueroa each presented a poster for their respective project. In addition, EEC|CCNY alumnus Jeffrey LeBlanc and Associate Director Demetra Tsiamis presented their research during a session moderated by Dr. Marco Castaldi and titled "Research and Development to Support Waste-to-Energy". Below is Correa's presentation to the NAWTEC attendees:
WTERT International Colleagues Participate in EEC|CCNY's First Seminar Series on Waste Sustainability
May 1, 2018
EEC|CCNY offered its first seminar series on waste sustainability at City College of New York this past spring semester. The seminar series, led by Assoc. Director Demetra Tsiamis, featured guest lecturers from around the world in industry, academia, and government to discuss waste management methods, technologies, policies, and behaviors that effectively advance waste sustainability. Guest lecturers included the Deputy Commissioner of Recycling of the Department of Sanitation of New York City (DSNY), the former Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), the Chief of Sustainable Materials Management of the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Ramboll, as well as our colleagues from the WTERT: Professor Nickolas Themelis and Dr. Thanos Bourtsalas of WTERT-US at Columbia University and Professor Stefano Consonni of Politecnico di Milano and WTERT-Italy, MatER.
EEC|CCNY Report on Impact of Non-Recyclable Plastics on the Enerkem Gasification-to-Biofuels Process is Published by the American Chemistry Council
April 30, 2018
EEC|CCNY's study on the impact of non-recyclable plastics (NRP) on the Enerkem gasification process was published by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This study was a collaboration with the City of Edmonton and Enerkem and sponsored by the ACC. The purpose of this pilot study, led by Assoc. Director Tsiamis, was to understand how NRP impacted methanol production and performance in the Enerkem gasification-to-biofuel process.
EEC|CCNY to host 2018 WTERT Conference
April 10, 2018
The 2018 Bi-Annual WTERT Conference will be hosted by the City College of New York on October 4-5th, 2018. See below for additional information.
Romina Gamarra is a GENIUS Olympiad Finalist
April 03, 2018
Romina Gamarra, a student from Ossining High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 GENIUS Olympiad. She will be presenting her project titled “Improving the Efficiency of Plastic Waste Fuel Mixture with Kerosene” at the upcoming event on June 11-16, 2018 at SUNY Oswego. Romina is grateful to Dr. Marco Castaldi and Ms. Grace Correa for their assistance in completing her project. Congratulations, Romina!
Romina Gamarra Wins Ricoh Sustainable Development Award and Places 4th in WESEF 2018 Competition
April 02, 2018
Ossining High School student Romina Gamarra placed 4th out of 560 participants in the Environmental Science category of this year's Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF). Romina was also awarded the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award for "outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development". Keep up the good work, Romina!
EEC|CCNY featured on CUNY TV's "Study with the Best"
March 22, 2018
EEC|CCNY was featured on Study with the Best, a CUNY TV show that focuses on the best and brightest professors, alumni, and programs that CUNY has to offer students. Dr. Marco Castaldi and Assoc. Director Demetra Tsiamis discussed the current research activities and education initiatives of EEC|CCNY regarding waste sustainability in New York City. You can access the video here.
Dr. Castaldi discusses Fulbright Global Fellowship Appointment with CUNY Radio
March 02, 2018
Prof. Castaldi was interviewed by CUNY Radio about his Fulbright Global Fellowship appointment conducting research on thermal conversion for sustainable waste management. He discusses how the Fulbright Fellowship is strengthening and leveraging collaborations with his European collaborators to continue progress. Please listen to the short podcast for more information.
EEC|CCNY high school researcher Rocco to join University of Notre Dame
February 19, 2018
EEC|CCNY high school researcher, Rocco has received admission from College of Engineering at University of Notre Dame and Villanova University. The research experience he gained during summer 2015 at EEC helped him choose University of Notre Dame. Congratulations Rocco!
Golden Renewable Energy raises capital forging alliance with EEC|CCNY
February 6, 2018
EEC|CCNY has been working with Golden Renewable Energy (GRE) for over two years developing performance models and technical due diligences. GRE is one of the few continuous feed pyrolysis systems that has produced a heating oil that is sold into the residential heating market. EEC|CCNY is happy to hear and congratulations the GRE team for their latest effort. Please click here for more information on the latest development from GRE.
EEC|CCNY published a textbook entitled, Gasification of Waste Materials
January 22, 2018
Dr. Simona Ciuta, Ms. Demetra Tsiamis, and Professor Marco Castaldi published a textbook on waste gasification and pyrolysis. This textbook explains the current state of technology development in this area at both the pilot and commercial scale and includes technology case studies and discussion of economic, environmental, and policy related topics.
Tsiamis concludes research collaboration with MaTER at LEAP headquarters of Politecnico di Milano in Italy
January 10, 2018
Demetra Tsiamis returned from her 6 month research collaboration with MatER, the Italian branch of the Global WTERT network directed by Professor Stefano Consonni of Politecnico di Milano. The primary focus of her research was a comparison of waste management and waste statistics methodologies in the US and the EU. Additional research collaborations related to WtE flue gas modeling using BIOMA software and ASPEN modeling of waste gasification technology. Demetra gives many thanks to the MatER team for this fruitful collaboration and looks forward to continued collaboration in 2018.
Chinese Environmental Protection Agency visits EEC|CCNY
January 10, 2018
The US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) organized a visit of the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency to EEC|CCNY to learn more about WTE in the US and WTE opportunities that could be applied to projects in China. Professor Castaldi and Associate Director Demetra Tsiamis provided a two-hour presentation that was followed by questions and answers. There were nearly 25 representatives from the Chinese delegation that led to some lively discussion related to the benefits of appropriately engineered and sited thermal conversion facilities. It was apparent that the Chinese officials were well informed but still has some dated information regarding WTE performance. Both Castaldi and Tsiamis thought the meeting was productive and well-appreciated by the Chinese Delegation and were honored by their presence. This was the 3rd visit to EEC|CCNY from the IVLP which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. EEC|CCNY looks forward to the next visit.
EEC|CCNY introduces Sustainable Waste Management Course
January 6, 2018
EEC|CCNY introduces Professional Seminar and Special Topics in Earth Systems & Environmental Engineering Seminar series in Spring 2018. The course will be taught by a diverse group of waste management experts in academia, industry, and government from around the world. This seminar series will serve as a unifying foundation for the ESE program by offering students a comprehensive and global education on waste sustainability, introducing research opportunities, and providing training in professional and personal skills.
Click here for more information.
The course syllabus can be found here.
Castaldi quoted in WasteDive News
December 13, 2017
Professor Castaldi was quoted in the WasteDive News, in the article "Report: 'Misleading' zero waste goals could send more waste to landfills" for EEC|CCNY's response to the Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives (GAIA) report "Green Business and Cities at Risk".
Click here for the article.
The Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives (GAIA) released a report "Green Businesses and Cities at Risk"
November 27, 2017
Recently GAIA released another document that includes incorrect information and stresses a policy that is not currently practical. This report is posted here to provide an unbiased set of information regarding sustainable waste management that can be done today. Until we reach a point where our behavior changes toward a more conscientious approach to waste, we need to employ all solutions available to manage our waste in the most environmentally benign way.
Click here for the complete report.
CCNY to host 2018 WTERT conference
2018 WTERT Bi-annual conference to be hosted by the City College of New York.
Dr. Castaldi invited as a keynote speaker at AIChE, Metro New York Section meeting
October 29, 2017
Dr. Marco Castaldi will discuss the impact of the waste or garbage, estimated at nearly four pounds per person, generated in the U.S. daily. The theme of the meeting will be "Transforming Waste Materials to Energy & Chemicals: An Update on Sustainable Waste Management". For more information on the meeting, please click here.
Dr. Castaldi and Tsiamis present at ISWA conference
September 25-27, 2017
Dr. Castaldi and Demetra Tsiamis presented on EEC|CCNY research activities and a current EEC study on the role of plastics in MSW and PCE decoupling at the ISWA World Congress in Baltimore, Maryland. Research collaborator, Dr. Lorena Fortuna, also presented on the current research activities that DSNY's NYCCMR is conducting in collaboration with EEC on reuse in NYC.
Paper accepted to Waste & Biomass Valorization
September 9, 2017
Deepak Sharma and Shalmali Bapat published a journal article entitled “Technical Feasibility of Zero Waste for Paper and Plastic Wastes” in Waste & Biomass Valorization.
Deepak Sharma quoted in WasteDive news
August 4, 2017
Deepak Sharma was quoted in the WasteDive news, in the cover story “Research could lead to advances in beneficial reuse of MSW ash”.
Michaela Wagar receives the STEM Chateaubriand fellowship
June 13, 2017
Michaela Wagar is selected as a 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellow. The program supports PhD students from American Universities to conduct research in France. More information about the fellowship program can be found here.
Congratulations to our graduating EEC|CCNY research associates, Class of 2017 – Dane, Melissa, and Annette! Thank you for the dedication, hard work, and creativity that you put into your research at EEC|CCNY and for being an integral part of this team. We are very proud of you and wish you great success in your new endeavors!
June 2, 2017
Megan Webster quoted in the Summer 2017 edition of CUNY Matters
May 24, 2017
Castaldi presents at 3rd MatER meeting at Politecnico di Milano campus in Piacenza, Italy
May 22-23, 2017
Professor Castaldi presented on EEC!CCNY research at the 3rd MatER meeting hosted at the Politecnico di Milano campus in Piacenza. Ms. Demetra Tsiamis of EEC|CCNY and Professor Nickolas Themelis of EEC-Columbia also attended. The theme of the meeting was “Innovation and Trends in Waste Management”. For more information on the meeting, please click here.
EEC|CCNY undergraduates, Dane Fearon and Melissa Torres, accept job offers from Corning
Congratulations to Dane Fearon and Melissa Torres who recently accepted job offers with Corning! Dane and Melissa were chemical engineer undergraduates who joined EEC!CCNY in 2015. During their time at EEC|CCNY, Dane and Melissa led several research projects that included plastic waste characterization, bench scale gasification reactor analyses, and prototype testing of wet waste gasifier at CCNY. Dane and Melissa were both part of CCNY’s LSAMP research program and Dane spent a summer abroad with an EEC|CCNY university collaborator in Japan where conducted research on waste gasification. Dane and Melissa were the first undergraduates of EEC|CCNY and we are very proud of their accomplishments and wish them great success as they begin their professional careers!
Tsiamis begins research collaboration with MatER at LEAP headquarters of Politecnico di Milano in Italy
May 12, 2017
Ms. Demetra Tsiamis will be at Politecnio di Milano-Piacenza for a 6 month research collaboration with the Italian based waste research group, MatER founded by Professor Stefano Consonni. Her research will include a waste management comparison of the U.S. and EU as well as modeling for emissions based on solid waste composition. For more information on MatER, please click here.
Castaldi is keynote speaker and Tsiamis presents at NAWTEC 25 in Minneapolis
April 24-26, 2017
Professor Castaldi was part of the keynote speaker panel at NAWTEC 25 that discussed the future of resource recovery. Ms. Demetra Tsiamis attended the conference as well and presented on EEC research in the context of advances in waste conversion technologies.
Castaldi gives talk on sustainable waste management as part of CCNY’s Conversations in Engaged Scholarship
April 20, 2017
Professor Castaldi was an invited speaker of CCNY’s Conversations in Engaged Scholarship seminar series. His talk provided an overview of sustainable waste management and he discussed the impact that trash has on our society.
Covanta visits EEC|CCNY
April 20, 2017
Covanta visited EEC|CCNY to see current research activities. Marija Krstic, CCNY PhD civil engineering student co-advised by Dr. Castaldi and Dr. Davolos as part of the ESE program, showed the Covanta team, which included Director of R&D, Steve Goff, her work in the use of recycled glass for concrete material applications.
EEC|CCNY undergraduate, Annette Scotto, accepts job offer from HDR
Congratulations to Annete Scotto who recently accepted a job offer with HDR! Annette was a senior environmental engineer undergraduate from the ESE program who joined EEC!CCNY in Summer 2016. During her time at EEC|CCNY, Annette conducted research on scrubber emissions from ships and elevated temperatures in landfills. She also developed skills in using several analytical equipment for waste characterization and became the EEC|CCNY exoert on the TGA. Annette was an integral part of the EEC|CCNY team and will be greatly missed. In Summer 2017, Annette will join the global consulting firm, HDR, as an engineering consultant.
Tsiamis presents on plastics pyrolysis at ISWA Energy Recovery Working Group meeting in Copenhagen
April 6-7, 2017
Ms. Demetra Tsiamis presented on plastics pyrolysis research at the Energy Recovery Working Group meeting of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The meeting was hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark and included a site visit to the new Amager Bakke Waste-to-energy (Wte) plant which is planned to begin operation this year. The Amager Bakke plant will be the first WtE plant that will also be used for recreational purposes including an artificial ski slope down its roof and a rock climbing wall.
Interesting Read: NYC abandons subway trash bin experiment
April 1, 2017
New York City (NYC) removed trash bins from subway stations as an experiment to see if it would deter New Yorkers from bringing waste items into the subway. Learn more about the results of this experiment by clicking on the article link here.
EEC|CCNY highschool student, Yoo Shin, places as finalist in international science competition for research on food waste
Congratulations to Yoo Shin who is a finalist in the International Sustainable World (Engineering Energy Environment) Project (ISWEEEP) Olympiad for his research on food waste, which he conducted at EEC|CCNY last summer under the mentorship of Professor Castaldi and Research Associate Mike Lugo. Yoo Shin will be going to Houston, Texas to present his research for the finals of the international competition. Yoo Shin also won 2nd place in the poster competition of the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF). Great job Yoo Shin!
Inashco visits EEC|CCNY
February 28, 2017
Inashco, a company found in the Netherlands that specializes in the removal of metals and minerals from WtE ash, visited EEC|CCNY to learn more about the student research activities in beneficial ash reuse.
Castaldi visits University of Bolzano as Fulbright Fellow
February 17, 2017
Dr. Marco Castaldi started his work as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Bolzano. Professor Castaldi’s arrival was met with great interest at the University of Bolzano. He will give a lecture on the role of WTE in the circular economy and meet with colleagues and students to discuss collaborative research.
Tsiamis and EEC|CCNY students conduct on-site testing of newly designed SWPS commercial gasifier in Saugerties, NY
February 17, 2017
Ms. Demetra Tsiamis and EEC|CCNY student research associates visited the SWPS facility in Saugerties, NY to conduct on-site testing of the newly designed commercial gasifier unit. EEC monitored syngas quality and collected syngas and char samples for further analysis at the CCNY labs. This was the first time SWPS was operating the new unit since the design modifications of the commercial unit in Summer 2016.
Dr. Godoy from Universidad del Desarollo, Chile visits EEC|CCNY
February 13, 2017
Dr. Alex Godoy from Universidad del Desarollo in Chile visited EEC|CCNY to tour the labs and discuss potential research collaborations between the universities. Dr. Godoy is the Director of the Sustainability Research Center in Santiago, Chile and has an interest incorporating energy recovery technologies as part of a sustainable holistic framework for waste management in Chile.
Castaldi and Tsiamis attend workshop on flame retardants in plastics at University of Berkeley
February 7-9, 2017
Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis attended a workshop hosted by Green Science Policy Institute on The Responsible Disposal of Flame Retarded Plastics and Foam. The workshop took place at the University of Berkeley campus and the purpose of it was to bring together municipalities, industry, and waste disposal experts to discuss responsible solutions for the management of waste containing flame retardants, specifically plastics and foams.
Click here for more information on Green Science Policy Institute
New CCNY undergraduates join the EEC|CCNY research team
January 9, 2017
EEC|CCNY would like to welcome the following new members to the EEC research team: Rainiel, Xing, Yacine, Anta, Koffi, Joe, Sami, and Diana. These students are CCNY undergraduates ranging from freshmen to seniors from both the Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) programs. They will be conducting research spanning from gasification to waste reuse and we are excited for them to begin their research experience in sustainable waste management.
EEC attends Energy Recovery Council (ERC) annual meeting in New Hampshire
December 13-14 2016
Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis from EEC|CCNY and Dr. Thanos Bourtsalas from EEC-Columbia attended the annual ERC meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to present on EEC research activities in 2016-2017. The meeting centered on emissions controls and changes in regulations and legislation with the new federal administration.
Thielsch Engineering visits EEC|CCNY
December 5, 2016
Collaborators from Thielsch Engineering visited EEC|CCNY along with SWPS engineers for a full day data review meeting of tests on SWPS prototype gasifier that were conducted by the EEC and SWPS team from late October to early November 2016. Thielsch engineers were given a tour of the EEC|CCNY labs and the current research activities at the center.
Tsiamis and Castaldi visit Enerkem commercial facility in Edmonton
November 29- December 2, 2016
EEC|CCNY visited the Enerkem commercial facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which began operations in 2016. The Enerkem process gasifies MSW to produce methanol and ethanol. The designed production capacity of the commercial facility is 100 million gallons of biofuels per year and Enerkem plans to begin production of ethanol later this year. EEC|CCNY’s site visit was in conjunction with the closing down of a 3-year pilot study sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and conducted by EEC|CCNY to determine the impact of non-recyclable plastics (NRP) on gasification.
EEC|CCNY highschool Junior Research Associate, Yoo Shin Tanai, submits his study entitled Food Waste Energy Analysis to the Regeneron Science Talent Search
Yoo Shin Tanai is a junior from Ossining Highschool who joined the EEC|CCNY team last year. Together with Professor Castaldi and his EEC mentors, Yoo Shin developed his project for the Regeneron STS to investigate how proximate analysis can be used as a method to determine energy available in different types of food found in food waste. Yoo Shin collected food waste samples from his home and analyzed them in the EEC lab using techniques such as calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). He submitted his final report to the Regeneron STS competition this December. Good luck Yoo Shin!
Click here for Yoo Shin's complete report
EEC|CCNY present to CCNY freshmen engineering class on sustainable waste management and research
Professor Castaldi, Ms. Demetra Tsiamis, and Dr. Liubov Kreminska, the faculty advisor for the ESE program, presented to freshmen engineers in Dr. Samuel Fenster’s Intro to Engineering course on the importance of waste management education and research. The students were enthusiastic to learn about research in sustainable management and what they can do to be more responsible waste generators.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey LeBlanc of CCL on passing his Thesis Defense!
November 29, 2016
Jeffrey LeBlanc of Professor Castaldi’s Combustion Catalysis Lab (CCL) passed his thesis defense on slow pyrolysis reactions for high yields of solid carbon. In addition to conducting his PhD research, Jeff was an enthusiastic member of the EEC|CCNY team who conducted numerous TGA analyses of waste samples and final conversion products and mentored EEC undergraduates in their lab research. Jeff also helped bring the discussion of waste management awareness and education in the CCNY student body to the forefront as President of CCNY’s Sustainability Club. On behalf of the entire EEC team, congratulations Dr. LeBlanc and we wish you great success in your career!
Click here for Dr. Jefferey LeBlanc's thesis
Congratulations to Dr. Steve Crowley of CCL on passing his Thesis Defense!
Steve Crowley of Professor Castaldi’s Combustion Catalysis Lab (CCL) passed his thesis defense on morphology dynamics of precious metal catalysts for steam reforming of oxygenated fuels. In addition to conducting his PhD research, Steve was an integral member of the EEC|CCNY team through his involvement in on-site testing using the microGC to measure syngas compositions of pilot scale waste thermal conversion technologies. On behalf of the entire EEC team, congratulations Dr. Crowley and we wish you great success in your career!
Click here for Dr. Steve Crowley's thesis
Former Deputy Commissioner of DEP, Jim Roberts, visits EEC|CCNY
November 3, 2016
Former Deputy Commissioner of NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Jim Roberts, visited EEC|CCNY to see current lab activities and projects at the center. D.C. Roberts was the head of the Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations for NYC DEP and retired this past year. He has been enthusiastic of the research conducted by the students at EEC|CCNY and has been encouraging of future collaborations between EEC|CCNY and the City of New York in the areas of sustainable waste management.
EEC|CCNY conducts extensive testing of SWPS prototype gasifier at CCNY to inform design of commercial unit
October 1- November 1, 2016
To inform the design of their commercial unit, Sustainable Waste Power Systems (SWPS) collaborated with EEC|CCNY to perform an extensive series of tests on the prototype gasifier that SWPS donated to EEC|CCNY in 2014. The SWPS gasifier converts wet waste, such as agricultural and brewery waste, into electricity and is designed to handle moisture contents as high as 80% by weight. A big thank you goes to Dr. Timothy Sharobem and Deepak Sharma who were EEC|CCNY's lead operational engineers for this battery of tests.
Castaldi presents at WTERT 2016 Bi-Annual Meeting at Columbia University
Professor Castaldi presents on EEC|CCNY research activities at the Waste to Energy Research and Technology (WTERT) conference hosted by EEC-Columbia at Columbia University. The conference included speakers from Covanta, Wheelabrator, WTE companies in China and Europe, and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia of the DSNY.
Click here for proceedings from the 2016 WTERT Bi-annual Meeting
EEC|CCNY submits proposal for Ellen MacArthur Foundaton’s “100 & Change” grant
October 3, 2016
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently announced a call for proposals for the “100 & Change” grant in which they will award $100 million dollars to help an organization solve a global problem such as poverty, social inequality, climate change, disease, etc. EEC|CCNY submitted a proposal to solve the problem of waste pollution through a global education and research program founded in the current mission and activities of the Earth Engineering Centers at both City College of New York and Columbia University.
Click here for EEC’s video submission to the MacArthur 100&Change grant
Castaldi and Tsiamis present at CCNY ESE Student Mixer
September 29, 2016
Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis attend ESE mixer to present to CCNY students on the research activities at EEC and how they can get involved. Professor Castaldi became Director of the Earth Science and Environmental Engineering (ESE) program at CCNY in the Fall of 2015 and is incorporating sustainable waste management into the program through classes and student research internships at EEC|CCNY.
Click here for more information on the ESE program at CCNY
Castaldi, Themelis, and Tsiamis participate in panel discussion, Future of Thermal and Biological Treatment of Waste, on be Waste Wise
September 28, 2016
Professors Castaldi and Themelis of EEC along with Dr. Venkata-Mohan of WTERT-India participated as speakers in an online panel discussion moderated by Ms. Demetra Tsiamis on the future of thermal and biological treatment of waste on the multimedia educational platform, be Waste Wise. be Waste Wise was developed by EEC alum, Ranjith Annepu, and is website and YouTube channel that brings together the worlds experts and innovative thinkers in waste management to discuss the important and current topics in this field.
Click here for full panel discussion.
Click here for more information on be Waste Wise.
EEC|CCNY signs contract to commence work on new textbook by Ciuta, Tsiamis, and Castaldi entitled, Gasification Technology Development using Waste Materials
September 21, 2016
Dr. Simona Ciuta, Ms. Demetra Tsiamis, and Professor Marco Castaldi signed the contract with Elsevier to commence work on their new textbook on waste gasification and pyrolysis. This textbook will explain the current state of technology development in this area at both the pilot and commercial scale and will include technology case studies and discussion of economic, environmental, and policy related topics.
EEC|CCNY presents on waste-to-energy research activities at the ASME Power & Energy Conference
June 28, 2016
Professor Castaldi, Ms. Demetra Tsiamis, and Dr. Timothy Sharobem attended the 2016 ASME Power and Energy conference in Charlotte, North Carolina where they presented on current EEC projects in the plenary session hosted by ASME MER. Dr. Sharobem presented his PhD work on corrosion mitigation in waste-to-energy boilers and Ms. Tsiamis presented on an EEC study on emissions reductions from RDF substitution as fuel for cement kilns.
Castaldi and Tsiamis attend DSNY's donateNYC conference in New York City
June 27, 2016
Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis attend the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY’s) donateNYC conference at 7 World Trade Center in New York City. This conference is dedicated to enhancing and supporting the reuse sector of NYC’s waste management. EEC|CCNY recently began a research collaboration with DSNY’s Center for Materials ReUse to characterize and quantify the current reuse sector in NYC and understand its potential growth.
Click here for more information on DSNY's Center for Materials ReUse.
EEC|CCNY begins collaboration with Dow Chemical and ACC on understanding the role of plastics in MSW decoupling
June 7, 2016
In the past, it has been believed that economic growth leads to increased MSW generation. An analysis of the trends, however, reveals that there is in fact a decoupling of MSW from economic indicators, such as GDP and PCE. EEC|CCNY will be conducting a study to investigate the potential causes of this decoupling trend and specifically the role that plastics may play in it.
EEC|CCNY begins study sponsored by LabUSA on changes in marine scrubber emissions regulations
June 1, 2016
EEC|CCNY Research Associate, Annette Scotto, is leading a new study sponsored by LabUSA to understand new changes to sulfur emissions regulation for marine scrubbers. The recent reduction of sulfur emissions standards by MARPOL and EPA means that the naval industry will have to use low sulfur fuels and/or modify their scrubber systems. Annette has been with the EEC team for 1 year and is a senior in the Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) program at CCNY.
EEC presents at NAWTEC and attends ISWA working group meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida
May 23-26, 2016
Ms. Demetra Tsiamis of EEC|CCNY and Dr. Thanos Bourtsalas of EEC-Columbia presented at 2016 NAWTEC and attended the ISWA working group meeting held in West Palm Beach, Florida. Ms. Tsiamis presented on the current gasification and pyrolysis projects at EEC|CCNY and Dr. Bourtsalas provided an overview of EEC-Columbia research activities.
EEC|CCNY hosts first interdisciplinary waste workshop, Megacity Waste Management Dialogue, at CCNY
April 25-27, 2016
EEC|CCNY hosted its first workshop at CCNY, Megacity Waste Management Dialogue, that brought together all interest groups in waste management – industry professionals, academia, government agencies, and policy makers – to openly discuss the most pressing topics for waste management in megacities, such as NYC. Attendees were from all around the globe and speakers included Commissioner Kathryn Garcia of the Department of Sanitation of New York (DSNY). The outcome of this conference will be a report compiling the major points from the workshop’s breakout sessions that will serve as a roadmap for sustainable waste management in megacities.
Click here for the workshop program
Castaldi and Tsiamis interviewed by DuroUAS on EEC|CCNY and sustainable waste management in NYC
March 23, 2016
Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis were interviewed by Ms. Valentina Rappa, a CCNY ESE student and employee of DuroUAS, on the mission of EEC|CCNY and their forward looking view of waste management in NYC. DuroUAS is an eco-drone manufacturer with a mission to create sustainable cities through better data collection.
Click here for the full interview.
New CCNY chemical engineering undergraduate joins EEC|CCNY team to conduct research on waste plastics
- January 26, 2015
- CCNY sophomore chemical engineering undergraduate, Dane Fearon, joined the EEC|CCNY team to gain laboratory research experience. Dane will learn how to use the variety of analytical equipment in the EEC|CCNY lab and will be the primary experimental researcher for a calorimetry study on the energy content available in non-recycled plastics. The EEC|CCNY team is happy to have Dane on board and we look forward to his participation in EEC|CCNY research.
EEC|CCNY visits Golden Renewable Energy’s plastics-to-oil pilot facility in Yonkers, NY
January 14, 2015
- Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis visited the pilot facility of Golden Renewable Energy (GRE) to see the company’s plastics-to-oil technology. GRE’s Renewable Fuel Production (RFP) unit converts non-recyclable plastics (NRP) into oil via pyrolysis. EEC|CCNY will conduct an independent technical due diligence of the GRE process to determine efficiencies, yields, and emissions of the process. EEC|CCNY looks forward to this new collaboration with GRE and is excited for the opportunity to further its experience in commercial waste plastics pyrolysis technologies.
Student from Ossining High School joins EEC|CCNY team to research organic food waste for Regeneron Science Fair Competition
Sophomore high school student, Yoo Shin Tanei, from Ossining High School has recently joined the EEC|CCNY research team. Yoo Shin will conduct research this next year at EEC|CCNY for his Intel Science Fair project. The topic of his research will be quantifying the impact of moisture on the energy content of food waste. The EEC|CCNY team is happy to have Yoo Shin join the team and looks forward to the findings he makes in his research.
DHF visits EEC|CCNY
Dr. Yuuzou Kawahara from Dai-Ichi High Frequency Co. (DHF) visited EEC|CCNY to learn more about the center’s research in corrosion of waste-to-energy (WtE) boilers. DHF is a company based in Japan that specializes in thermal treatment to prevent corrosion in boilers.
Tsiamis presents on waste-to-energy at 2014 Annual AICHE meeting in Atlanta
November 17, 2014
Resident Research Associate, Ms. Demetra Tsiamis, presented on waste sustainability and thermal conversion at the 2014 Annual AICHE meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Tsiamis presented to the Research and New Technology Council (RANTC) committee about the current WtE research activities at EEC|CCNY and proposed the addition of a WtE segment to the AICHE conferences in the following years. The suggestion was well-received by RANTC and a dialogue was started on how to make this happen. EEC|CCNY looks forward to collaborating with AICHE to incorporate waste sustainability as part of future AICHE conferences.
EEC|CCNY to conduct extensive study on the heating value of non-recycled plastics in municipal solid waste
November 5, 2014
EEC|CCNY recently finalized a proposal for a study that will determine the representative heating value of non-recycled plastics (NRP) in municipal solid waste (MSW) based on calorimetry testing. The motivation for this study is to address the major discrepancies that exist in the literature with regards to the energy content of NRP. Extensive calorimetry data will be collected for waste plastic samples of all resin types collected from MSW to determine the representative heating value of NRP. Additional objectives of this study will be to determine the impact that contamination, plastic resin type, and product type (film versus rigid) have on the heating value of NRP. This study will be sponsored by the American Chemistry Council.
Mayor of Addis Ababa and Ethiopian delegates visit EEC|CCNY
October 28, 2014
The mayor of Addis Ababa and a delegation of Ethiopian environmental and city planning officials visited EEC|CCNY as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The Ethiopian government, in cooperation with a non-profit organization, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center (HOAREC), are working together to clean and re-purpose a 40-year old dumping site in the city of Addis Ababa. The delegation came to EEC|CCNY to learn about the current research in the recovery of materials and energy from waste and to learn about successful waste management practices in the U.S. that could be applied to Ethiopia’s waste infrastructure.
Castaldi presents at the 8th i-CIPEC in Hangzhou, China
October 15-18, 2014
Dr. Castaldi attended the 8th International Conference on Combustion/Incineration/Pyrolysis, Emission and Climate Change (i-CIPEC) in Hangzhou, China as an invited chair speaker. Dr. Nickolas Themelis of WTERT was also in attendance as a plenary speaker.
EPA releases official statement on handling of spent baghouse filters
October 10, 2014
EPA recently released an official statement on the handling of spent baghouse filters at municipal waste combustor facilities. EPA determined that combustion of spent baghouse filters at MWC facilities do not significantly impact emissions from the combustor. EEC|CCNY attributes part of EPA’s final decision to the White Paper that EEC|CCNY and ASME-MER submitted to the EPA in January 2014 on the environmental impact of fabric filter bag incineration. The findings of this technical investigation determined that emissions from the combustor increased by less than 0.2% when processing spent baghouse filters. The difference in emissions was immeasurable within the analytical detection limits of the typical monitoring systems for in-stack emissions therefore it was concluded that combustion of spent baghouse filters do not significantly impact emissions of the combustor.
For a copy of the full White Paper, please click here.
To see the official statement released by EPA, please click here.
EEC|CCNY Advisory Board Luncheon hosted in City College
October 10, 2014
Members of the EEC|CCNY Advisory Board attended a luncheon hosted by EEC|CCNY at City College to discuss the current hot topics in the field of waste to energy. Industry professionals and academic researchers from around the globe came together to exchange ideas on sustainable waste management and shared their perspectives on the future of waste to energy within the national and global landscape.
EEC|CCNY participates in WTERT Bi-Annual Conference at Columbia University
October 9-10, 2014
Professor Castaldi and Ms. Demetra Tsiamis presented at the 2014 WTERT Bi-Annual Conference hosted at Columbia University. Professor Castaldi presented on the current research activities of EEC|CCNY and Ms. Tsiamis presented on the Enerkem plastics gasification project. Technical poster presentations were given by Dr. Simona Ciuta, Timothy Sharobem, Deepak Kumar, Leah Curry, Liubov Melnikova, and Nour Awad of EEC|CCNY and CCL.
Professor Castaldi presents at Nerd Nite in Portland, OR as part of Metro’s “Let’s Talk Trash” series
June 3, 2014
- Dr. Marco Castaldi participated in Nerd Nite in Portland, OR as an invited speaker of Metro’s “Let’s Talk Trash” series. Dr. Castaldi presented on waste to energy and explained its role as an integral part of the sustainable waste management hierarchy. For the full presentation, please click here.