Production of electricity from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
School of Science and Technology, MSc in Energy Systems
This dissertation was written as a part of the MSc in Energy Systems of the
International Hellenic University. Nowadays a more rational waste management stream
is considered necessary due to the environmental, economic and social demand. The
willingness for the minimization of the accumulated waste and the increased energy
demand led to the development of the third generation waste management systems.
Such systems are the Waste to Energy facilities which are considered friendly for the
environment and the society.
This dissertation studies the transformation of two Greek islands Skopelos and Kos in a
third generation waste management stream with recovery of energy. Moreover, it is
included a detailed research on which is the optimum waste to energy technology
between combustion, gasification and anaerobic digestion. The effort of comparison
between the pre mentioned alternatives created a software program helping the decision
makers and engineers to select the optimum technology in mechanical, financing and
In the end of this dissertation a parametric analysis and some conclusions, extracted
from the software program, concerning the financing viability of the waste to energy
facilities in the two case studies and in general, are presented.