Waste Not, Want Not: Waste As the World’s Most Abundant Renewable Resource

Sunday, February 20, 2011: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
206 (Washington Convention Center )
This symposium is a sequel to the 2008, 2009, and 2010 symposia "The Global Nexus of Energy and Water,” “The Global Nexus of Food and Energy,” and “Algae for Food, Feed, Fiber, Freshwater, and Fuel.” The first two symposia discussed tensions between food, water, and energy, while the third discussed the possibility of algae as a solution. This proposed symposium continues the technical and policy discussion with an examination of waste as a globally abundant and renewable resource. Particular topics to include are the following: biofuels from waste, agricultural waste, nuclear waste (as a source of energy or neutrons for fusion-fission hybrids), waste carbon dioxide (as a feedstock for algae, drywall, concrete, and road aggregate), industrial waste that can be formed into by-products, and waste heat (60 percent of all the primary energy in the United States is lost as waste heat; novel technologies for harvesting waste heat could be a game-changing breakthrough at a global scale). Although waste is an appealing solution because it holds forth the potential to convert environmental liabilities into valuable commodities, many technical, economic, cultural, and policy barriers remain. In this session, leading intellectuals from government, industry, and academia will present their views on the state of the science, engineering challenges, industrial practicalities, policy barriers, and promising research and development pathways for using waste as a resource.
Michael Webber, University of Texas
Michael Webber, University of Texas
Nickolas J. Themelis, Columbia University
Frank M. Mitloehner, University of California
Agricultural Waste for Energy
Dale Klein, University of Texas
Nuclear Waste for Fuel
David Scott, Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corp.
Waste Heat for Producing Fresh Water
Rusty Wheat, Total Petrochemicals
Finding Value from Waste in the Supply Chain
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