The world’s population generates at least 1 billion tonnes of waste a year, according to the United Nations, and given the seriousness of our mounting disposal problems, we are hard-pressed to find viable and environmentally sound solutions.
One solution which has shown great promise is waste-to-energy facilities that burn waste and can recover the heat value of the combusted garbage to generate steam and electricity. Ramboll has considerable experience within this field and is involved in several waste-to- energy projects around the world.
In Kristiansand, Norway, Ramboll has provided complete consultancy services for a large scale waste-to-energy plant currently under construction. Upon completion in 2010, the plant will not only solve a huge 120,000 tonnes annual waste problem for Kristiansand and 20 surrounding municipalities, but will also provide 260GW hours district heat and 100GW hours electricity.