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After more than two years of construction, the WtE plant of Lucerne lit its first fire on 7th January 2015.
The plant produces 155,000 MWh of electricity per year – which corresponds to the needs of approximately 38,000 households – while taking great care of minimizing its impact on the local environment:
- State of the art, dry flue gas cleaning system with injection of sodium bi-carbonate and activated carbon in the flue gas stream, followed by catalytic reduction of nitrogenous oxide and electrostatic de-dusting. Thanks to the dry flue gas treatment, there is absolutely no release of wastewater in the neighbouring Reuss river- Cooling with air condensers, thus no heat discharge in the Reuss river- Compensatory measures such as the restauration of surrounding fens- Minimal traffic noise through optimised transport concept. The plant is close to the highway, thus truck traffic across residential areas can be completely avoided. Waste can also be delivered directly by freight train.
The most significant feature of Renergia is its value for the local industry. The plant was built next to the local Perlen Paper AG paper mill where the heat from the waste processing will be used in the production lines in order to dry the paper. The proximity of the two facilities allows an energy efficiency of 70%. By using heat from waste rather than from fossil fuel, the mill reduces the costs of its heating process, and saves 40 million liters of oil per year.
For further information Renergia http://www.renergia.ch/.
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