Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

Pyrolysis of excavated waste? But why?

Quite often, people ask me – why pyrolysis? Can’t we just incinerate those excavated waste? Indeed, incineration is frequently mentioned as the most effective way of excavated waste valorisation. Almost 30 years ago, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (Lancaster, PA, USA) launched the project of landfill reclamation combined with the incineration of excavated material which outcomes were summarised ...

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First NEW-MINE ESRs graduate!

Just over three years in the NEW-MINE project, we are very happy that our first ESRs are now graduating! In February 2020, Patricia Rabelo Monich successfully defended her PhD and can now proudly call herself a doctor in Materials Engineering! Patricia studied under the supervision of prof. Enrico Bernardo of the University of Padova the characteristics of glass-ceramic materials. Patricia ...

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Seventh NEW-MINE network-wide event and closing symposium in Leuven (Belgium; Febr. 2020)

The seventh network-wide event of MSCA ETN NEW-MINE took place on 5, 6 and 7 February 2020 in Leuven (Belgium). On the first day of the NWE, the ESRs received two trainings. Various other PhD-students also attended the training sessions. Both trainings took place in the Park Inn Hotel in Leuven (Belgium): Scientific paper writing skills: “So, you want to ...

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NEW-MINE progresses steadily – 6th Network-wide event organized in Bergamo (Sept. 2019)

The Sixth Network-wide Event of ETN NEW-MINE took place in Bergamo (Italy). From Wednesday September 5 to Friday September 7, the NEW-MINE consortium met in Bergamo to review the results achieved in the last half year. The Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) presented an overview of their individual progress and developed a summary of the main results per workpackage. During the ...

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How to get the best out of your secondments

As a Marie-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) everyone has the opportunity (and obligation) to do one or two secondments. These short stays in the project partner organisations are a fundamental part of the ‘European Training Network’. However, it is sometimes challenging to schedule these secondments at the best possible time. The initial planning of the secondments can be in conflict with ...

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Closing Dumpsites for our Oceans, Planet & People!

This photograph was taken in July 2019 in a town called Muncar in Banyuwangi, Indonesia. It is primarily a fishing town where most of the residents have never seen this beach clean in the past few decades. The fishermen realize that plastic pollution in the ocean is impacting their livelihood and that they need to move away from status quo. ...

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From Waste to Energy – Material Flow in New-Mine

In our project 15 early state researchers (ESRs) work together to produce energy from landfill material using a wide variety of technologies. Beginning with excavations and mechanical processing we generate an intermediate product for this purpose, called potential refuse derived fuel – pRDF (compare Figure 1). This pRDF mainly consists of films and plastic bags (2D-fraction) and is supposed to ...

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Attivisti ambientali cercasi (translation of the blogpost ‘Environmental activists wanted’)

(Read the English version of this blogpost here: https://new-mine.eu/environmental-activists-wanted/) “Il giorno in cui i ragazzi guarderanno ai grandi scienziati con la stessa ammirazione che riservano per i grandi musicisti ed attori, la civiltà farà un salto in avanti”. Sono le parole dell’illustre fisico teorico Brian Greene. Ma è davvero necessario che la nostra civiltà faccia questo “salto in avanti”? A quanto pare, ...

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Environmental activists wanted

“When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level.” said the eminent theoretical physicist Brian Greene. But do we really need to reach that “next level” of civilization? It seems that if we want to preserve life, the answer is yes. If we look at the ...

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Short reflection about Waste Generation

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean” – Ryunosuke Satoro. When we talk about waste we are situating ourselves in a context where human beings intervene, since nature itself does not generate waste. In the ecosystem, every element discarded by a living being is susceptible to being used, and in fact it is used, incorporating it into ...

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