Increasing the circularity of waste incineration

12 February 2024 09:56

Circ. Economy Switzerland

Rapperswil-Jona - A consortium under the leadership of OST - Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences is seeking to use waste products from the incineration of refuse to produce synthetic fuels. The waste incineration plant in Horgen in the canton of Zurich will serve as a real-world laboratory for the project, which has received funding from Innosuisse.

A consortium made up of 17 Swiss research partners is seeking to integrate waste incineration plants more effectively in the circular economy. The aim is to transform waste products from incinerating refuse into synthetic fuels, as OST - Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences explains in a corresponding press release. The academic institution is heading up the flagship project of Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency, with the research findings set to be tested at the waste incineration plant located in Horgen in the canton of Zurich.

“Following the principle of the circular economy, we want to get as much use as possible out of the versatile infrastructure and the waste and energy streams in the Municipal Solid Waste Incineration (MSWI) plants”, comments project manager Dariusz Nowak, energy researcher at the Institute of Energy Technology at OST, in the press release. In this context, the main aim is to convert the raw materials generated in the waste incineration plant into environmentally friendly, liquid fuels, which could, the project partners explain, help to close potential energy shortfalls over the winter.

Among other aspects, the plans involve reusing the CO2 produced by incinerating the waste directly on site as a raw material. In Horgen, the focus will additionally be on the scalability of the research results and transferability to other industrial facilities, such as cement factories. ce/hs

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