Palm Beach County’s advanced waste to energy facility - the Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility 2 (PBREF2) – has been officially opened to process more than 1 million tons of municipal solid waste per year in Florida.
The facility, owned by the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) and located in West Palm Beach was designed, manufactured and constructed by a consortium of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG) and KBR, Inc.
B&W PGG designed and manufactured the plant’s three mass-burn, waste to energy boilers, capable of generating up to 95 megawatts of electricity, and its environmental control system.
The plant features DynaGrate® air-cooled and water-cooled combustion grates designed by B&W Vølund and will be operated under a 20 year agreement by B&W PGG’s subsidiary, Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation, which has operated the adjacent PBREF 1 since 1989.
PBREF 2 is located on 24 acres adjacent to the county’s original waste to energy facility, also designed and built by B&W.
As the most advanced and cleanest waste to energy power plant in North America, according to B&W, PBREF 2 will provide power for an estimated 44,000 homes and businesses while processing more than 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste each year.
This will reduce reliance on the landfill by up to 90%, while also recycling an estimated 27,000 tons of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals annually.
B&W PGG’s emissions control technologies, including a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, pulse jet fabric filters, spray-dry absorbers (SDA) and continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) are designed to capture and control pollutants, including mercury and heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates, within permitted levels.