Waste to Energy in a Circular Economy  

Waste to Energy in a Circular Economy  

Thriving industries are important for today’s economy. Preserving our planet is important for tomorrow’s.

Our renewable solutions provide efficient and environmentally sustainable power and heat generation in support of a circular economy, diverting waste from landfills while recovering energy sources and reducing emissions.

Our specialized offerings cut no corners in using -- and reusing -- waste and include waste-to-energy and biomass energy technologies, as well as process recovery systems for the pulp and paper industry. Smart generation for generations.


Circular Economy

WASTE TO ENERGY – Most waste ends in landfills. Rather than future generations facing the impacts of a traditional, linear economy – Babcock & Wilcox is helping our planet transition to a circular economy where energy is recycled in a loop and waste becomes a resource in and of itself. Waste-to-energy power plants are an integrated part of this model. Waste is burned at high temperatures to destroy chemicals, heat is transformed into energy and steam drives a turbine that creates clean electricity. Most importantly – the waste is diverted from the landfill and enters “the loop,” while we recover clean water, metals and other materials.


Waste-to-energy is the most ecologically sound way of turning residual waste into energy that goes straight back into our community. Watch how it works in this video.


Amager Bakke - Copenaghen, Danimarca

Questa centrale WtE all’avanguardia utilizza una griglia di combustione DynaGrate®, una caldaia, e un sistema di trattamento delle ceneri e un sistema di riduzione delle particelle e delle emissioni NOx al fine di trattare circa 400.000 tonnellate di rifiuti all’anno

Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 - Florida, USA

Considerata lo stabilimento più pulito ed efficiente al mondo, questa centrale WtE progettata, sviluppata e costruita riduce il volume dell’operazione di smaltimento in discarica del 90%

Nordforbrænding – Hørsholm, Danimarca

La nuova linea WtE che unisce calore ed alimentazione, progettata per l'incenerimento di 10 tonnellate di rifiuti l’ora, porta l'efficienza energetica dal 70% al 99%.


Vølund DynaGrate®

In a renewable energy plant, the grate is where solid fuel is converted into energy. It’s the heart of the system.

As such, grates are a significant focus area for us. Over the past 80 years we have supplied more than 500 combustion grates worldwide. Many of our older grates are still in operation, running efficiently and living up to current environmental standards.

Carbon Neutral Biomass​

Biomass is a renewable fuel and is considered CO2-neutral. Our biomass technology solves serious problems by protecting the earth and atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions.

Today we can recover energy from biomass in highly efficient energy plants – generating heat, process steam, electricity, syngas, and/or bio-oil.

World Class Copenhill

Grab your skis and hit the slopes on this iconic waste incinerator. Denmark’s Amager Bakke, Copenhill combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant uses economical and ecologically sound technologies to generate electricity

The plant is the first unit in the world to be able to seamlessly move from 100% thermal for district heating and 0% electrical to 100% electrical and 0% thermal or anywhere between, providing the most flexibility of any WtE facility in the world.