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The action begins: Digging for waste

Digging for waste2

After some months of hard work, planning and coordinating all necessary activities, the work package 1 (WP1) began with the first field landfill mining activities at a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill located in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium. This was possible due to the smooth collaboration between Renewi Belgium S.A. (operator of the landfill), Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH and the research fellows from ...

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All about characterization: May the Force be with New-Miners

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Manufacturing industries’ challenges and needs are powerful driving forces to stimulate scientific innovation. The industrial exploitation of scientific knowledge is a key aspect of modern research and constitute a highway to transfer scientific breakthroughs and discoveries back into society in the form of advanced products and services. Promoting this symbiotic relation is at the core of many European research programs ...

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Development and environmental impact assessment of Plasmastone based glass-ceramics

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I am ESR12 and I am doing my PhD at University of Padova (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Enrico Bernardo. The focus of my PhD is to develop glass-ceramics (i.e. materials from controlled crystallization of glasses) made with slags and ashes originated from the processing and conversion of the excavated landfill waste. Currently, I am working with a vitrified ...

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Walking on Waste

The water treatment plant at the REMO site

Hi, I am Paul, ESR 15. I wanted to let you in on my experiences during my first secondment in May and June at the REMO landfill. For me, this was a new experience. I have never visited a landfill before – have you? – and I was quite impressed, I have to say. First of all, it is BIG. ...

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On the Top of a Landfill – At the Start of a Project

Visiting an old part of the landfill in Mont-Saint-Guibert that is already closed: Geophysical measurements are planned at this location.

During the last weeks we were planning the upcoming geophysical field work at two different landfill sites, the landfill site close to Mont-Saint-Guibert and the Remo landfill in Houthalen-Helchteren, both located in Belgium. We, that is me and my two supervisors Professor Marc van Meirvenne and Ellen van de Vijver, all work at Ghent university at the department of soil ...

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Taking a sensor based sorting machine into operation

Figure 2: Sensor based sorting machine at the AVAW, Montanuniversitaet Leoben

Nowadays the waste everybody causes is collected and mechanically processed in treatment plants with state of the art technology. Such machines can be screens, magnetic and sensor based sorting technologies as well as ballistic separators or windsifters. But these high-end machines are not used in the field of landfill mining yet. One of the main tasks of work package 1 ...

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Work package 4 ensures the multi-criteria assessment for integrated Enhanced Landfill Mining concepts and technologies

New-mine WP4

Goooood day, hi and hello. We are the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of WP4 of the NEW-MINE project. We represent the last WP and could be considered a little bit outside the box, if you will. While most of our colleagues have to deal with different technologies of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) and do research on specific topics along the ...

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It’s all about gasification! WP2 presents itself!

Interrelationships in WP2

Hi! We are the ESRs of the second work package of the new-mine project (WP2), and we study plasma-driven gasification, solar-driven gasification and hybrid combinations. Our main objective is to convert the inflammable waste fraction from the excavated landfills (what we call RDF – Refuse-Derived Fuel fraction) into a clean synthetic gas (syngas) with a high concentrated hydrogen to be ...

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