Using post-recycled waste to produce energy is a sound environmental strategy. Waste-to-energy systems generate steam for heat, process or power applications with the added benefit of reducing landfill use and thus, methane emissions. A large portion of the waste is also a renewable fuel.
Capitalizing on B&W Vølund’s waste-to-energy expertise, B&W provides two boiler options when using waste as a combustion fuel. The first, known as mass burning of municipal solid waste, uses the refuse in its as-received, unprepared state. The second technique uses prepared refuse, or refuse-derived fuel (RDF), where the as-received refuse is first separated, classified and reclaimed in various ways to yield salable or otherwise recyclable products. The remaining material is prepared for firing in the boiler.
B&W is helping to advance the North American refuse industry through Florida’s Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Park. In addition to designing and supplying the park’s existing RDF facility, B&W provided a second mass burn facility with full emissions control technologies. The park will be one of the largest waste-to-energy facilities in the world, processing approximately 5,000 tons of municipal solid waste each day.