At Incineration Recycling Services, we talk a lot about saving money and saving the environment. The virtues of incineration are widely known, but not extolled as much as they should be. Not only does incineration provide a cost-effective and sanitary means of waste disposal, but it can generate electric power as well. With the promise that electric power is set to be the key to the future, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on that future. Incineration is just one process that is classified as thermal treatment, and it’s what we do best. We’ve talked a lot in the past about the potential for your incineration recycling to be a profit center for your business. Well it can be an energy source as well.
Where is the energy coming from?
It’s estimated that even when you exclude all recyclable material, 70% of waste is still combustible, and if waste is combustible, then energy can be derived from it and the heat that is being generated by the incineration plant.
How do we harness it?
Essentially, there are two main parts to an incineration plant: the furnace and the post-combustion chamber. The furnace is what incinerates the waste, and the post-combustion chamber is what capitalizes on the combustible gases that have been produced as a result of that incineration. These combustible gases are then burned in the post-combustion chamber at unimaginable temperature as high as 900 degrees Celsius, or about 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Then comes the third important part of an incineration plant: the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger circulates either very hot water or superheated steam and is able to recover the energy from the flue gas emitted earlier in the process.
How effective is it?
The rough waste to fuel conversion rate is around 6:1, meaning that six tons of waste will produce around one ton of fuel, twelve tons of waste will produce around two tons of fuel, etc. This may seem like a poor conversion rate, but you’re quite literally turning trash into treasure.
Harnessing energy from incineration and other thermal treatments is one of the most sustainable, cost effective energy solutions available today. To find out more about incineration, thermal treatment, energy production, and how you can turn recycling into a profit center for you business, contact Incineration Recycling Services today.