Installation of catalytic system enables 50% reduction in NOx emissions at Grupo Tersa Waste-to-Energy Plant


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 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, managed by Districlima, thus providing service to the companies and citizens based 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 catalytic system at the Waste-to-EnergyPlant in order to reduce NOx emissions.

Published in: Nº80 FuturENVIRO May – June 2021

Plant Report: Installation of catalytic system at Sant Adrià de Besòs Waste-to-Energy Plant