What do I need to know about the Solid Waste Authority’s Renewable Energy Facility 2?
Renewable Energy Facility 2 is the most advanced, efficient, cleanest and greenest waste-to-energy power plant in the world. The primary purpose of the facility is to act as a waste disposal tool that reduces the volume of waste to be disposed of in the landfill, therefore extending the life of the landfill. A significant metals recovery process is part of the plant's operation and ash produced by the facility is beneficially used.
Renewable Energy Facility 2:
Was the first new waste-to-energy facility built in the United States in 20 years
Is able to process 3,000 tons of material per day, or one million tons of material per year that was previously being delivered to the landfill directly across the street
Uses mass burn technology to reduce the volume of waste going into the landfill by more than 90%
Is able to produce enough energy to supply power to an estimated 40,000 homes, and is sold to Florida Power and Light Company for that purpose
Will extend the life of the existing landfill to the year 2053
Incorporates technological advancements in combustion management and air pollution control systems, such as Selective Catalytic Reduction technology for NOx (nitrogen oxides) control:
NOx emissions are 50% less on an annual limit basis and 67% less on an hourly basis than the Environmental Protections Agency’s (EPA) Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard
Requires no increase in water consumption on the site above the potable water needed for the restrooms and kitchens, and conserves water through:
Use of an Air Cooled Condenser
Harvesting rainwater from the roofs
Extensive use of recycled wastewater
Includes a LEED Platinum Education Center incorporating numerous advancements in sustainable building practices