A major waste to energy plant in Switzerland that will eventually process 200,000 tonnes of waste per year and set for construction later this year has awarded a contract for the delivery of combustion and flue gas treatment technology.
The client commissioning the CHF 320 million (266.2 million euro) installation is Renergia Zentralschweiz AG, a consortium set up by eight waste management associations in Central Switzerland to create an economically and environmentally sustainable waste management system across the region.
Once it is up and running in 2015, the Perlen plant will process around 200,000 tonnes of waste from all six cantons in Central Switzerland to produce thermal energy.
The waste to energy facility will include two combustion lines each processing 12.5 tonnes of waste per hour, and will have a capacity of 94 megawatts of thermal energy. The energy released by the combustion process in the form of steam will be used both as process steam in the Perlen paper factory and for generating electricity.
The 155 gigawatt hours of electricity it produces every year will be enough to cover the requirements of around 38,000 households. The Perlen facility will replace the WtE plant in Lucerne, which has reached the end of its life.