Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation in the US: Market Research Report

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Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Market Research Report | Technology | Renewable Energy | Dec 2014

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IBISWorld’s Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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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

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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 are not yet used at a significant scale.

Mass burn

Mass burn is by far the most popular WtE method in the United States... purchase to read more


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What is the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry?

This industry owns and operates waste-to-energy plants. Waste-to-energy (WtE) is an umbrella term for a variety of processes that are used to create energy out of waste. While the vast majority of industry establishments are waste incinerators, this industry also includes gasification plants, pyrolysis plants and other miscellaneous waste-to-energy facilities.

Industry Products
Mass burnRefuse-derived fuelModularRotary water wall
Industry Activities
Operating waste-to-energy incineratorsOperating gasification plantsOperating pyrolysis plantsSell metals recovered during waste treatment process

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