Energy from waste through cogeneration plant with SUEZ
- by Taylor Jones
Waste generation is a global issue and is being taken by most countries in a very serious manner. No city or country can afford to continue to accumulate or pile up waste and create mountains of domestic and industrial waste for long time.
Consequences of continuous dumping of waste in landfills
In landfills, huge mountains of waste in the form of food, paper or wood waste decays over a period of time leading to production of highly toxic methane gas which is much more damaging than carbon dioxide gas.
Continuous methane emission pollutes the environment which may cause and even aggravate respiratory disorders besides threatening wildlife.
Consequent to placing waste into landfills, increased emission of toxic gases will produce more greenhouse gases which potentially damage the environment.
It is therefore important to find out ways to get rid of waste in a productive manner such as recycling or converting waste into useful energy so as to protect environment and utilize energy generated for more useful purposes.
Generation of energy from waste
Considering that number natural resources of energy such as trees, oil and coal are finite, generating energy from waste, in the form of electricity or heat, can then be used for domestic, commercial or industrial use. Increasing public awareness of the harmful effects of dumping of waste in landfills can help energy generation from biodegradable waste.
Suez’s initiatives of generating energy from waste, using cogeneration technology have produced great results not only in terms of energy generation but also reducing amount of waste going to landfills and help saving ecological balance.
There are number of ways that can be employed for energy generation from waste, such as combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion and landfill gas recovery.
What is cogeneration ?
Cogeneration is a technique that facilitates the simultaneous i.e. combined generation of heat and power from a single fuel source. Also known as combined heat and power (CHP), cogeneration technology help generate electricity using fuel sources like natural gas, biomass, coal or oil.
This integrated energy system of cogeneration, captures the excessive heat generated as a result of combustion of fuels which otherwise would have gone waste. The heat energy generated is used to boil water to make steam. This steam help drive the turbine and create powers for the generator to generate electricity.
In place of burning fossil fuel, in Australia cogeneration plants with SUEZ are generating energy using waste material from landfills. EfW is in use since decades all over the world to convert waste into heat and electricity in an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuel to produce energy and put a check on carbon emission.
Suez, by initiating projects for energy generation from biodegradable waste i.e. EfW, developed cogeneration plants with SUEZ to produce electricity and heat or steam for various uses.
Sustainable energy in the form of electricity produced at cogeneration plant with SUEZ using Thermal and Non-Thermal technologies both.
Australia by initiating cogeneration plant with SUEZ, aims to reduce amount of waste in landfills, prevent usage of fossil fuels for energy generation, reduce carbon emission, create healthy environment, maintain ecological balance, saving wildlife and ensure better waste management in the country.
Waste generation is a global issue and is being taken by most countries in a very serious manner. No city or country can afford to continue to accumulate or pile up waste and create mountains of domestic and industrial waste for long time. Consequences of continuous dumping of waste in landfills In landfills, huge mountains…
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