Waste to energy

The waste-to-energy process reduces the volume of waste materials by means of incineration. The energy generated in this process is used to produce steam and electricity.

The process produces dross and ash, which are treated differently depending on their characteristics. On the one hand the dross is used as roadfill, in construction, to fill quarries or as a by-product in cement factories. Ash is taken to a controlled deposit where it is rendered inert.

This process is included as part of the Waste Management Model of the Metropolitan Programme for Municipal Solid Waste Management (PMGRM).

Municipal Solid Waste Management Model at the PIVR

The valorisation of waste in the PVE in 2017

Our achievements in 2017

  • We have produced

    We generated with turbines 198,471 MWh and sold to the power grid 175,327 MWh equivalent to double the consumption in public lighting of the city of Barcelona in a year.

  • Value recovery

    We recovered the value of 368,791 tonnes. This is the equivalent of 922,000 cubic metres of urban waste. Together this amount would be 4 times the height of Barcelona's Torre MAPFRE, which stands at 153 metres tall.

  • Steam

    We supplied 75,509 tonnes of steam to the urban heating and cooling network that provides a service to residents and companies in the city's Forum and 22@ districts. This network stretches 16 km and provides heating and cooling to 80 buildings.

  • An interesting statistic

    If we loaded all the materials from the value recovery process in 2017 onto a cargo train, the train would be 150 kilometres long! practically equivalent to the distance between Barcelona and the French border.

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ASOCIACIONES

Web de  la Asociación de Empresas de Valorización Energética de R.S.U. http://aeversu.org/

Web of Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) www.cewep.eu

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