Friedrich-Wilhelm-Prizes 2016Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter
RWTH Aachen honored students, doctoral candidates, and post-docs with the 2016 Friedrich Wilhem Prize. The honor is annually awarded to RWTH Aachen students and researchers for their outstanding achievements. This year Dr.-Ing. Adele Clausen, post doc at the Department of Processing and Recycling was amongst them. She was awarded the prize for her doctoral thesis "Mechanical-biological treatment processes in consequential carbon footpring modelling of residual municipal solid waste management".
Her work makes it possible to compare the greenhouse gas balance for various approaches to the treatment of residual waste such as landfilling, incineration and recycling. Using a model that considers the complete lifecycle of the waste treatment and the associated material and energy flows, different regional framework conditions can also be mapped, so that the influence of different local parameters on the greenhouse gas balance of the waste treatment can be taken into account. Particularly, the specific waste composition and the energy supply have proved to be decisive.