Energy recovery is the conversion of waste that cannot be recycled into energy in the form of electricity, steam or hot water for domestic or industrial use.
Grupo TERSA, a publicly-owned company belonging to the Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and Barcelona City Council, manages environmental services related to the circular economy. The company is responsible for managing the Sant Adrià de Besòs Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Plant, which went into operation in 1975 and was the first facility of its type in Spain.
Around 360,000 tonnes of waste from the entire metropolitan area of Barcelona is recovered at the plant each year. The energy generated in this process is used to produce electricity, 12% of which is used for self-consumption at the Waste-to- Energy Plant itself, while the remainder is sold to the electricity grid.
The waste recovered at the plant is also used to supply steam to the district heating and cooling network of the Forum and the 22@ district, through Districlima, thus providing service to the businesses and citizens in this area of Barcelona.
Grupo Tersa continues to be committed to both the application of the best available technologies and the incorporation of new management dynamics. For this reason, at the end of 2016, the Board of Directors approved investment of 18 million euros for the installation of a high-temperature catalytic system at the Waste-to-Energy Plant in order to reduce NOx emissions.
Published in: Nº79 FuturENVIRO May – June 2021