Indaver pulls out all the stops for waste-to-energy and uses as many innovative technologies as possible to recover energy from waste. If all the energy recovered during the thermal processes in Belgium were to be converted into electricity, this would equate to the average electricity consumption of 191,000 families. By 2020, Europe wants to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 20% in comparison to 1990. For this to happen, energy consumption will have to drop by 20%, and 20% of its energy will have to be sustainable energy. With its waste-to-energy strategy, Indaver is contributing to the European climate policy.
The energy we recover from waste incineration in the grate incinerators, fluidised bed incinerators and rotary kilns is used for our own installations and buildings. The far-reaching energy recovery from the incineration process ensures that most of our installations hardly need any fossil fuels. The recovered energy is also supplied to the electricity grid or in the form of steam to neighbouring companies.
Biomass and biogas
Bio-organic waste has immense potential for green energy recovery. We recycle bio-organic waste into biomass, among other things. This is used as fuel in power stations. Fermenting bio-organic waste produces biogas, which can be converted into heat or electricity. Moreover, the waste in our landfills is a link in our waste-to-energy chain as we extract methane from it, which we can then use to generate energy.
Indaver is continuously looking for new ways to use the energy it recovers. One option is energy clusters: to supply neighbouring companies and residential areas with heat that Indaver produces in its thermal installations.