Reliable power at Polish waste-to-energy plant

Louise Smyth

Automation technology and services from Emerson Process Management have helped ensure the successful start-up and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The new plant enables the region to dispose of waste effectively and helps Poland meet its obligations under the EU’s 2020 climate and energy directive.

The municipal waste incineration facility, operated by Międzygminny Kompleks Unieskkodliwiania Opdadów (MKUO) ProNatura, will generate 100,000MWh of electricity per year – enough to power 50,000 homes – from 180,000 tonnes of household waste. During winter months the facility will also provide an additional 27MW of thermal energy to the local district heating loop.

Emerson was engaged early in the project by Aster, a joint venture between two Italian companies: Astaldi, a general contractor specialising in big infrastructure; and TME, an engineering, procurement and construction firm. Emerson automation experts provided control system design, engineering and commissioning services that were critical to the successful and on-schedule completion of the project.

“The Bydgoszcz project is one of the largest energy-from-waste developments in Poland, helping to keep waste out of landfills, reduce emissions and increase the use of recoverable energy sources,” says Giovanni Bonanini, TME Contract Director. “Emerson’s systems engineering and project management experience were crucial to delivering the project on time, and its technology is now ensuring continued efficient and reliable power generation.”

To optimise operations, MKUO ProNatura will use Emerson’s Ovation distributed control system to oversee plant equipment and processes, including boilers, steam turbine, water heating system, and balance-of-plant operations. Emerson project specialists commissioned the control system and managed the integration of a broad range of systems and equipment, which was made easier by the flexibility of the Ovation system.

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