EDI: Waste to Energy


Since 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was implemented to set regulations on GHG emissions through Carbon Credits. As a result, we are tasked with the reduction of CO2 emissions and creating an algorithm to find the best possible solution.

  •  The company operates a process that generates a waste gas stream with the high calorific value which is currently flared off in an afterburner /air pollution control device.
  • The process is the largest contributor to GHG emissions at the Company. The Company has committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 25% by 2025 but would like to exceed this target.
  • The company is interested in investigating methods to beneficially use this waste gas stream as an energy source.



The overall goal of this project is to design a thermodynamic power process that runs on the flue gas stream. Operating this power cycle will significantly reduce the production of GHG emissions to levels compliant with local regulations. In addition, the power output of the power cycle will be used to reduce the facility’s current reliance on the local grid power.


Team Contacts

Team Lead - Ian Coullahan (icoullah@uci.edu)



Dr. Farzad Ahmadkhanlou (farzad.a@uci.edu)

Professor  Vincent McDonnel (mcdonnel@apep.uci.edu)



Team Waste to Energy is sponsored by MEGGITT PLC

Company Liaison: George Markulis


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Fall 2019 MEGGITT: Waste to Energy Poster