WASTE-TO-ENERGY POTENTIAL IN TRIPOLI CITY-LIBYA
Journal: Environment & Ecosystem Science (EES)
Author: Monaem Elmnifi, Moneer Amhamed, Naji Abdelwanis, Otman Imrayed
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Tripoli City, the Capital of the Libya, has experienced far-reaching changes in spatial and socio-economic patterns during the last few decades, supported by crude oil revenue. The changes have produced far-reaching increase in municipal solid waste (MSW) generation and electricity demand. Open landfilling is the dominant method of MSW disposal in the city. This research aims to assess the value of Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facility as a solution to MSW landfill problem and as a renewable source of electricity. two WTE scenarios were developed: complete incineration; incineration with recycling. The results show that Tripoli has the potential to produce about 57 MW of electricity based on incineration scenario; about 32 MW based on incineration with recycling scenario; in the year 2030. These values are based on theoretical ideals and help in identifying the optimal WTE techniques for each city.