A waste-to-solid-fuel plant has broken ground in West Virginia. Its developers say it is the US’ first resource recovery facility that employs mechanical biological treatment (MBT).
The waste-to-solid-fuel plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, called Entsorga WV, is expected to be operational in early 2017. Entsorga WV is a joint venture between Apple Valley Waste Technologies, Entsorga USA and Chemtex International.
By utilizing the HEBioT MBT system, Entsorga WV will recover biomass, plastics and other carbon based materials from the mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) stream and convert them into an alternative fuel source. When processing the MSW, Entsorga WV will remove other recyclable commodities such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
The MSW received will be converted to a clean burning alternative fuel (solid recovered fuel or SRF), which will be used as an alternative or supplement to fossil fuels. The companies say it is ideal for co-processing plants such as cement kilns and steel mills as a source for the production of renewable energy.
At capacity, the plant will be capable of producing about 50,000 tons of solid recovered fuel annually, which will be delivered to the Essroc Cement Plant and used in conjunction with coal in the production of Portland cement. The companies have entered into a long-term contract for the provision and acceptance of the SRF.
The reduction of waste that will be disposed of in landfills as a result of the Entsorga facility will result in a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 28,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide equivalent, the companies say.
There are currently more than 330 MBT plants in operation throughout Europe, processing more than 30 million tons of municipal solid waste annually.
Last year a SRF manufacturing plant in Vietnam began processing solid footwear production waste from the county’s main shoe factory to create a fossil fuel substitute to power cement and aggregates company Holcim’s local cement kiln calciner.