Cooperation, Education

Vantaan Energia Excursion

May 15, 2015

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Did you ever wonder, where the trash you produce ends up?

Few days ago we figured out the answer. It gets burned. Well, part of it, as trash produced by inhabitants of Helsinki and Uusimaa region contains around 45 % of recyclable materials (metal, cardboard, paper, biowaste) that is collected separately and recovered as material.

The burnable waste we produce ends up heated to approximately 1000’C to avoid production of toxic emissions. The heat produced used for district heating and production of electricity, what substantially decreases consumption of coal and natural gas.

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One of the many highlights was a scale model of the plant. 

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Each truck unloads eight tonnes of waste.

 

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The large “claw” mixes the waste

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The waste is then dropped into the furnace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The furnace burns the waste to produce energy and hot water.

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The actual furnace.

The plant was incredibly clean and a joy to visit.  If only more plants were like this.

For further information and images please contact Stuart Buddle.

/Valeria Poliakova Arcada