A Babcock & Wilcox waste-to-energy facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, is now online.
The company says it is the cleanest and most-advanced power plant of its kind in North America, providing power for about 44,000 homes and businesses while processing more than 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste each year. This will reduce reliance on the landfill by up to 90 percent, while also recycling an estimated 27,000 tons of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals annually.
The Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility 2, owned by the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, was designed, manufactured and constructed by a consortium of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and KBR.
B&W PGG designed and manufactured the plant’s three mass-burn, waste-to-energy boilers, capable of generating up to 95 MW of electricity, and its environmental control system. The plant features DynaGrate air-cooled and water-cooled combustion grates designed by B&W Vølund and will be operated under a 20 year agreement by B&W PGG’s subsidiary, Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation, which has operated the adjacent PBREF 1 since 1989.
Emissions at the Metro Vancouver waste-to-energy facility have been reduced by 53 percent since the beginning of the year due to an updated emission control system by Covanta, the company announced in May.