Waste-to-energy (WtE) is becoming not just a fashionable theme, but one that requires us to think about what it truly means to convert waste into energy and the methods employed to convert it.
By 2050 it is reported that our need for energy will increase by 60%, and our current disposable lifestyle needs control and management, this is an equation that needs to be solved by more than those solely in the energy industry.
Looking at WtE it presents itself as a complementary process to recycling with the safe treatment of non-recyclable waste, removing 90% of the volume in landfills whilst also removing pathogens from the eco-cycle.
Although there is some concern over the release of gases associated with landfill emissions and gases released during the burning processes, tests in Northern Italy suggest emissions, specifically PM10 and NOx show that the air quality around a WtE plant produces lower emissions than authorised levels.
Whilst within Europe estimates show that we currently have 175 trillion tonnes of waste which can be dramatically reduced by converting it to energy, so how can this be done in a way that is as safe as possible, keeps emissions below a regulated level and being a viable energy source?
At WtE plants the ability to burn waste at exceptionally high temperatures is essential. The level of steam created can turn turbines and the energy can be stored as electricity within the grid.
All this activity needs careful planning and management in the production process. Levels of fluid and pressure need to be maintained to ensure the safe production of energy, the flow of gases needs to be measured and the intense environment within the boiler needs to be controlled. A series of high calibre process instrumentation can ensure the production process is managed, maintained, and measured.
Generating energy is essential for all our standards of living, generating energy safely is equally as important. Power generated from differing sources, be it wind, solar, wave or waste-to-energy is becoming a more commonplace and differing organisations are looking to make these processes more secure, more feasible and more reliable. They need to make not just economic sense, but to make safety and environmental sense too.
Waste-to-energy provides three primary benefits as part of the circular economy:
- Complementary tool to recycling.
- Diverts residual waste from landfill.
- Turns waste into energy.
About Delta Mobrey
For more than 100 years, Delta Mobrey Limited has been a world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of quality process instrumentation for the measurement and control of fluids and gases in all industrial plant and equipment.
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