Nexus of Food, Waste, & Energy

shutterstock_77272399-mediumFood, waste and energy are interconnected. Significant amounts of energy are embedded in the production, transportation, and storage of our food and much of this energy goes into the trash with unused food. In addition, our many waste streams–such as municipal solid waste, agricultural waste, and wastewater–can become valuable energy resources. The Webber Energy Group analyzes these relationships and their potential, including:

  • Solid Recovery Fuels: Converting unrecycled plastics & fibers to fuel pellets for use at cement kilns and in boilers
  • Agricultural Waste: National assessment of “cow power”
  • Food Waste: Energy embedded in food waste
  • Waste to Energy: Technical & policy analysis of LCOE
  • Waste Heat to Electricity: thermoelectric generators in the built environment
  • Energy from Wastewater: Biogas from WWTPs, wastewater for algal biofuels, reclaimed water for cooling

Webber Energy Group Publications on the Nexus of Food, Waste & Energy are also available.

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Nexus of Food and Energy

Sponsor: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy