Turning food waste into biofuel

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Food waste (FW) causes economic and environmental problems worldwide. Currently, most food waste is landfilled or incinerated for possible energy recovery. However, these methods have serious adverse effects on the environment. FW is nutritionally rich and offers a unique microbial feedstock for the production of numerous valuable bioproducts. The aim of this review is to investigate the technologies used to convert FW to forms of renewable energy such as biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen and methane. Life-cycle assessment is performed to examine and compare the environmental effects of various methods of FW conversion. Copyright © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecycling of solid waste for biofuels and bio-chemicals
EditorsObulisamy Parthiba KARTHIKEYAN, Kirsten HEIMANN, Subramanian Senthilkannan MUTHU
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Print)9789811001482, 9789811001505
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Deng, W.-J. (2016). Turning food waste into biofuel. In O. P. Karthikeyan, K. Heimann, & S. S. Muthu (Eds.), Recycling of solid waste for biofuels and bio-chemicals (pp. 357-379). Singapore: Springer.


  • Food waste
  • Biodiesel
  • Ethanol
  • Hydrogen
  • Methane


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