Waste to Energy

Waste to Energy technologies enable energy to be recovered from waste materials destined for landfill. Electricity generated in Waste to Energy facilities has a steady and controllable output much like that generated geothermal, tidal and nuclear power plants.

Modern, well-run Energy from Waste facilities have many environmental and sustainability benefits including helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving the UK’s energy security.

There a three key Waste to Energy technologies

  • Combustion plants which use a boiler to capture and convert released hear into electricity and steam
  • Gasification and Pyrolysis generate electricity by heating the fuel without allowing enough oxygen for complete combustion
  • Anaerobic digestion which uses microorganisms to convert organic waste into biogas that can be used to generate electricity
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