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