The Thermal Waste Treatment Plant in Krakow, Poland

Document created by Joanna Swoboda Partner on 11-Sep-2018
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On the photo you can see the Thermal Waste Treatment Plant (Eco-incinerator) located in Krakow, Poland. It was built in response to the ecological needs of the city as part of the project "Waste Management Program in Krakow" under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2007-2013. The most important part of this system is that it enables to utilise municipal waste generated by the inhabitants of Krakow and the recovery of energy from it. The Eco-incinerator allows to process 220 thousand tons of municipal waste a year. Approximately 65,000 MWh of electricity and 280,000 MWh of heat are produced as a result of the combustion. The energy obtained by way of the thermal transformation process is organic and renewable. The plant is a state-of-the-art installation meeting the requirements of the so-called Best Available Techniques (BAT), guaranteeing the highest standards of environmental protection. Ecological education Educational activities are conducted in the Eco-incinerator area as part of the educational pathway launched on 1 October 1 2016, aimed at increasing the ecological awareness of the inhabitants as well as bringing the technology and thermal plant operation processes closer to them. The educational pathway is an integral part of the Eco-incinerator. It leads throughout the plant, showing the key elements of the system such as delivery and unloading of waste into the bunker, the process of thermal conversion of municipal waste, the flue gas scrubbing process, the electricity and heat production process and the process of managing residue after incineration. The plant is located in the south-eastern part of the city of Krakow in District XVIII. i.e. Nowa Huta. I decided to show it on the photo and underline how important it is for the city of Krakow by making a t-shirt with this year’s TBB. mission statement “The future of sustainable energy is here”.