World-Class Technology for the Newest Waste-to-Energy Plant in the United States — Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility No. 2


Presented to: Renewable Energy World International
Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
December 13-15, 2016

J.B. Kitto, Jr., M.D. Fick, and L.A. Hiner - The Babcock & Wilcox Company, Barberton, Ohio, U.S.A.
W.J. Arvan - Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
R.H. Schauer - Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

Abstract

On July 18, 2015, Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 (PBREF No. 2) began commercial operation following successful completion of the plant acceptance tests. The plant is owned by the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County and is the first greenfield waste-to-energy (WTE) facility to come online in North America in 20 years. Combining the best of U.S. and European WTE emissions control and metals recovery technologies, PBREF No. 2 is the cleanest, most efficient plant of its kind in the world today. Advanced technologies provide better than zero water discharge, emissions at or below the best natural gas turbines, better than net-zero greenhouse gas (carbon equivalent) footprint, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum-level Education Center. This presentation begins with background on municipal solid waste (MSW) and then provides an overview of the project and plant, summary of the WTE and emissions control technologies and finally, acceptance test results and economics. PBREF No. 2 is at the forefront of renewed interest in WTE plants in North America as reliable, economical generators of renewable energy and material recycling. WTE is a key part of a comprehensive solid waste management strategy to minimize/eliminate landfilling as demonstrated in Europe and is a critical part of integrated greenhouse gas (carbon equivalent) footprint control and minimization.

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