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WtE 2030

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Using a local, secure supply of mainly renewable feedstock, waste-to-energy – heat and power from Municipal Solid Waste combustion – is an integral part of the Norwegian (and European) energy system as it produces about half of district heating.

This sector is tightly regulated and is facing more and more stringent legislation, especially concerning environmental as well as energy performance. The EC commission had a clear message to the WtE sector at the 2016 CEWEP Congress (Confederation of European WtE Plants):"Extract more energy from less waste by optimisation of energy efficiency and by harnessing existing WtE capacities in the EU."

In this context, our project aims at preserving and improving the sector competitiveness.

We will focus on developing cost-effective solutions for increased process performance through a more stable and predictable process (see the methodology figure) for existing installations. Increased process stability will have a direct consequence on process performance, enabling increased energy efficiency, decreased emissions and consumables use, and increased plant capacity and availability.

Check out this video explaining how Waste-to-Energy works,
and how SINTEF and contributing partners in the Waste-to-Energy 2030 project
is working towards a competitive Waste-to-Energy sector.


Key aspects in the project are:

  • Waste-to-energy and the circular economy
  • Heat storage
  • Fly ash valorisation


WtE2030 project impact in Norway

  • 3% increase in net energy production - 81 GWh/year
  • - 10% decrease in unused heat - >80 GWh/year
  • 25% decrease in fly ash landfill costs - >10 MNOK/year
  • - 5% reduction in variable M&O costs (consumables, electricity) - >20 MNOK/year