What is the maximum annual efficiency of a municipal waste pyrolysis / sewage sludge installation?

Annual efficiency for 1 reactor for pyrolysis of municipal waste in the form of RDF is about 4,500 Mg / year. For the pyrolysis of sewage sludge, smaller reactors are dedicated for a capacity of about 400 – 500 Mg / year.

Can the installations be scaled?

The installation will be able to work modularly. The planned maximum capacity is about 600 kg / h. Optimal scalability assumes the cooperation of 2-3 modules.

What is a necessary area does the installation for municipal waste pyrolysis / sewage sludge?

Installation for the development of a high-calorific fraction of municipal waste should be placed on a hardened floor with dimensions of approximately 12 m x 30 m. The installation should be located in a place where there is no exposure to atmospheric factors (e.g. in a technical tent or directly on the plant’s hall).

The sewage sludge pyrolysis installation should be placed on a hardened floor with dimensions of approximately 14 m x 4 m, where a sea container with dimensions of 12 m x 2.5 m will be located (installation available with the container).

What is the cost of building a pyrolysis installation?

The exact cost of the installation is not yet known, we are currently carrying out recent development and research work, as well as product pricing. The price offer will be available in the second half of 2018.

Can I get funding for the installation?

Yes, installations for pyrolysis of municipal waste and sewage sludge may be eligible for EU programs regarding waste management, positive impact on the climate and water and sewage management due to their pro-ecological nature. We recommend reading the schedules of the Regional Operational Programs 2014-2022 devoted to the subject of water and wastewater management and waste management.

Supra-regional activities may be supported by funds coming from the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020. In addition to co-financing, our clients may also take advantage of special preferential loans for pro-environmental investments, e.g. from the Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Has been the installation already working in Poland? Can I see it during work?

We are currently testing the installation for municipal waste pyrolysis in the RDF form at the Waste Utilization Plant in Elbląg (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship). Internal tests of finishing the final product are currently in progress. We tested the sewage sludge pyrolysis installation at the wastewater treatment plant in the Pomeranian Voivodship. And currently, tests take place at the wastewater treatment plant in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. We plan to start demonstration tests for our Clients of both installations in the second half of 2018. We also invite you to read the materials available on the Experience website

Jaki jest uzysk energetyczny instalacji?

Installation for pyrolysis of municipal waste allows to obtain from 1 tonne RDF about 0.6 MWh of electricity and 1.2 MWh of heat energy. Energy yield strongly depends on the parameters and calorific value of the waste. Energy will be able to be used for the own needs of the plant, and surpluses will be resold to the network, constituting an additional source of income.

Is any waste generated in the process?

During the standard pyrolysis process, three products are created: calorific gas, pyrolysis oil and solid fraction – char. The process taking place in EL PIRO installations has been refined to maximize the amount of gas generated – the expected product, and to minimize the amount of waste generated in the process. We are currently limiting the resulting oily fraction, and the only waste produced in the pyrolysis process is small amounts of char. Our research team conducts a series of studies that in the future will allow the management of char (for example in construction, in the production of roads in impermeable layers).

What kind of wastes are suitable for pyrolysis?

The waste best suited to pyrolysis is waste with a calorific value above 6 MJ / kg of dry matter, crushed and dried or dehydrated. Such waste is, for example, refuse derived fuel (RDF), produced in the majority of utilization plants and stabilized sewage sludge, produced at each wastewater treatment plant. In addition, pyrolysis technology is suitable for the management of most types of waste consisting of organic material. You can read more on page Management of other waste (including industrial waste).

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