High Efficient Waste to Energy;

Crucial part of sustainable waste management


of waste going to HE Waste to Energy reduces more than 1 ton of CO2

A High Efficient Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant is a crucial part of a sustainable waste management chain. It provides a safe sink for all waste what otherwise would end up in landfills. Landfills but also sanitary landfills are a long-term threat to the society due to possible leaching of heavy metals and GHG production.

WtE is not a replacement for recycle and reuse initiatives but an essential starting point for sustainable waste management. And still functions at the end of the cycle where it  treats the residual waste which cannot be recycled anymore.

Generate electricity

An incineration plant burns waste at high temperatures to generate heat. The heat makes steam which drives turbines to generate electricity. In this way, a WtE plant turns municipal and industrial solid waste into electricity and/or heat. The mass reduction of this process is more than 99%. The left over materials, such as bottom ashes, can be reused or disposed in a safe way.

The technology should be evaluated on availability, efficiency and (GHG) emissions

The more energy you can produce from residual waste the cheaper the solution will get, but also the more GHG emissions you can reduce. The technology provides a baseload for the electricity grid what normally is produced by coal fired power plants. So, in principal you will replace coalfired baseload production.

Most efficient

The technology from AWECT, which is developed by AEB Amsterdam is the most efficient in the world. It can generate 900 KWh of electricity from 1 ton of waste (@ LHV of 10MJ/kg). The emission levels can be as low as 20-40% of the allowed EU directive emission levels, making it very clean and partly renewable energy.

High efficiency Waste Incineration as build in Amsterdam has been in full scale commercial operation since 2008. It is the largest renewable energy production plant in Amsterdam. The cumulative throughput of the HE-plant AEB is more than 5.5 million tons of waste. The availability of the plant is proven over 92 % as for the boiler/steam part it is even over 95% during this period.