Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation industry is an integral part of the nation's waste disposal infrastructure and increasingly a source of its renewable energy power. Through the early part of the past five years, the industry struggled through tough economic and regulatory conditions that made substitute landfills and recycling facilities more attractive waste disposal options in parts of the country and caused some firms to struggle with profitability and close facilities. However, renewed public and government interest in the environmental impact of waste disposal and renewable energy generation sparked new investment in WtE facilities and the first return to growth for the industry in more than a decade.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The volume of energy recovered in a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility is related to the type of furnace employed. On average, about 500 to 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity are generated per ton of refuse. Steam is produced at an average rate of about three to four pounds per pound of solid waste. In both cases, these averages represent net energy output after internal uses to run the facility. The following segmentation is based on data from the Swedish Trade Council. Although emerging methods like gasification and pyrolysis are being explored, the technologies are still in developmental stages and cannot be considered a proven technology for widespread WtE operation.
Mass burn is by far the most popular WtE method in the United States... purchase to read more