The Role of Waste Incineration in Decentralised Energy Concepts in the Example of Plymouth

The MVV Umwelt Group with headquarter in Mannheim develops, constructs and operates Energy from waste plants and biomass fuelled power plants. MVV Umwelt is a subsidiary of MVV Energie AG, a stock listed utilities company. The City of Mannheim is the majority shareholder and through that link the company is a unique blend of public and private ownership.

The plants of the company have a total incineration capacity of approx. 1.4 million tonnes a year. The current operating sites are located in Mannheim (combined heat and power plant 650,000 t/a waste; biomass power plant 130,000 t/a waste wood), Leuna (EfW plant 400,000 t/a waste), Flörsheim Wicker (biomass power plant 100,000 t/a waste wood) and Königs Wusterhausen (biomass power plant 120,000 t/a waste wood).

The company has positioned itself excellently in the German waste market and has developed within a short number of years from a regional operator of an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant into quite a significant player in thermal waste treatment in Germany.

With biomass power plants, new technologies and markets were tapped in 2003.

This development was facilitated by the early recognition and quick exploitation of opportunities which opened up due to new basic conditions (Technical Guideline for Residential Waste TASi, Renewable Energies Act EEG, etc.). Since the growth potential is limited in Germany due to market saturation, the international market was considered in order to continue the growth strategy. Based on analyses of the European waste markets in 2007, the United Kingdom became the focus of the market assessment as the most interesting market. In order to reach the targets of the EU Landfill Directive on time in the UK as well, the British government supported British local councils through massive financial funding for necessary waste treatment infrastructure.

Huge efforts have been executed by UK local authorities to seek tenders for landfill alternatives. The UK Government has provided both financial and intellectual support to the local authorities to help them in the tenders. Standard contract documentation has been prepared as well as the tendering procedures, following the principles of the competitive dialogue. Local authorities are obliged to follow these rules if they want to apply for financial support from the national government.

Copyright: © TK Verlag - Fachverlag für Kreislaufwirtschaft
Quelle: Waste Management, Volume 3 (Oktober 2012)
Seiten: 16
Preis inkl. MwSt.: € 0,00
Autor: Dr.-Ing. Johannes Günther
Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Zickert
Dr. Hansjörg Roll

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