And we aren’t just talking about the glorious weather this week.
#Burning rubbish is deemed a bad thing by the #public. It produces toxins and pollutants which damage and destroy the environment. The public is recommended to put their waste into the bin, rather than on the bonfire. But what happens after, and what could be a better, more sustainable solution?
What if we could use trash as fuel?
What if we could use our daily generated rubbish from homes and businesses to generate power and heat?
This is exactly where we come into the business and can make incinerators that serve the purpose of ‘Waste to Energy’ or ‘Energy from Waste’.
Waste Energy incinerators have been becoming more and more common since the first one was built in Nottingham, the UK in 1874. Consequently, there arise now more than 900 Waste to Energy plants across the globe. Now wouldn’t that be great if by 2025 that could double?
Municipal Solid Waste (everyday rubbish from households or businesses) that would in the past have been sent to a landfill is sent to the Waste to Energy plant. Upon arrival, the refuse is thoroughly assorted to ensure an even and complete burn and pushed though onto a conveyor belt for incineration. The incineration process burns the waste into hot gas and ash, reducing its volume by 90% and its weight by 30%.
The heat is used to boil water and generate steam, in a very comparable method to how coal and nuclear plants create electricity; the water’s steam powers a steam turbine and produces power. The energy efficiency of these plants is around 14-28%. However, in certain Waste to Energy plants known as ‘cogeneration’ plants, hot gas left over from this procedure is then used to heat local businesses and used for desalinization, pushing the efficiency of this method as high as 80%!
(Imagine if your waste was what could power your home, thus reducing those ever-increasing bills and stresses?)
#Waste to #Energy plants is not meant to substitute or deter recycling. Owners of the Waste to Energy plants describe them as the 4 R's “#Reduce, #Reuse, #Recycle, #Recover. Recovering the stored energy in our waste should be the final step in reducing the amount we send to landfills. Let’s personally all admit, that no- one wants to keep adding too.
#Waste to #Energy very obviously supports the benefit of producing energy where landfills would not. However, in addition to simply producing energy, Waste to Energy reduces environmental pollution. 1 metric tonne of MSW sent to a landfill would produce on average 62 cubic metres of methane through anaerobic composition, with twice the global warming potential when compared to 1 metric tonne of CO2 produced during incineration. This, as a whole, reduces the amount of pollution released into the environment per tonne of waste, with the added benefit of producing energy. (That there is so very geeky research and statistics, but we at M and S combustion are passionate about better solutions for our environment.)
This whole process would Reduce Landfill Produce Energy Reduce waste Help power homes. So why don’t we do business and M and S Combustion can produce some incinerators for your waste?