We just got a new project on Waste-to-Energy. Our main target is to contribute to keeping this sector competitive and performant as it is at the center of a complex web of interests (the public, politics, energy, economy, environment) in the development of circular economy.
WtE and the society (waste management – energy – environment – economy – politics – public)
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Using a local, secure supply of mainly renewable feedstock, waste-to-energy – heat and power from Municipal Solid Waste combustion – is an integral part of the Norwegian (and European) energy system as it produces about half of district heating.
This sector is tightly regulated and is facing more and more stringent legislation, especially concerning environmental as well as energy performance. The EC commission had a clear message to the WtE sector at the 2016 CEWEP Congress (Confederation of European WtE Plants):
“Extract more energy from less waste by optimisation of energy efficiency and by harnessing existing WtE capacities in the EU.”
In this context, our project aims at preserving and improving the sector competitiveness.
We will focus on developing cost-effective solutions for increased process performance through a more stable and predictable process (see the methodology figure) for existing installations. Increased process stability will have a direct consequence on process performance, enabling increased energy efficiency, decreased emissions and consumables use, and increased plant capacity and availability.
Other key aspects in the project are:
- Waste-to-energy and the circular economy
- Heat storage
- Fly ash valorisation
About the project:
- WtE is a EnergiX KPN project co-funded by the Research Council of Norway and industry parters (see below).
- Funding 17.7 MNOK
- Project period: 2018-2020
Funding industry partners:
Funding public partner:
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