The prestigious 2016 Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) Award has been presented to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida for building and operating two waste to energy plants, including a newly opened 95 MW facility.
Initially the authority built and operated the 2500 ton per day PBREF-1 waste to energy plant in 1989, but in late 2015 it opened the first new waste to energy facility in the in the US for 20 years with the PBREF-2, bringing total capacity to 5500 tons per day.
the Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council hosted its 2016 Bi-Annual Meeting at Columbia University in the City of New York.
The award was present at the organisation’s bi-annual meeting at Columbia University in the City of New York.
The WTERT was created at Columbia University in 2003. The Global WTERT Council (GWC) has 15 national members, including China and India.
The goal of GWC is to advance sustainable waste management around the globe, i.e. conservation of land and non-renewable resources (fossil fuels, metals) and minimum impact on local, regional and global environment.
- Previous Winners
2004: Martin GmbH (Germany); Prof. G. Tchobanoglous (USA)
- 2006: Brescia WTE (Italy); Prof. Paul Brunner (Austria)
- 2008: Covanta (USA) and Inventor Artie Cole (WTI, USA)
- 2010: City of Vienna and Lee County, Florida (USA)
- 2012: Waste Management World, the official magazine of of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
- 2014: The Republic of Korea (South Korea) for achievements in sustainable waste management in 2000-2014.
An in depth article looking at Palm Beach County’s new waste to energy facility was published in Jan/Feb issue of Waste Management World this year. The E-Paper version can be found HERE
The online version can be found at the below:
IN DEPTH: B&W Reignites Waste to Energy in the Sunshine State
No country has taken the old adage that bigger is better to heart quite like the U.S. With a capacity to process 3,000 tons of waste per day, that’s a philosophy personified by Palm Beach County’s huge new waste to energy facility.