Chapter 16

Power from Waste


Power-from-waste plants are extremely specialized power generation facilities in which the treatment and disposal of urban waste is usually more important than the generation of electricity, which is viewed as a valuable by-product. The most common way of generating power from waste is to burn it an incinerator. The waste must normally be sorted first so that any components capable of being recycled are removed. It is also possible to process some urban waste into a product called refuse-derived fuel that can be burned in a conventional power plant. More normally, however, the refuse is burned in a special plant that is equipped with extensive flue-gas and ash treatment facilities that will prevent any toxic ...

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