Krakow incinerator, Source: City of Krakow

Poznan wants to power its buses with electricity from waste

Poznan wants to power its buses with electricity from waste

The popular Maltese Thermal Baths sports complex may soon also be powered by such energy

Poznan is exploring the possibilities to transform its waste into energy to power its e-buses, announced the authority on Thursday. The city has signed a contract for the development of a concept for the construction of a power cable network connecting the Municipal Waste Thermal Conversion Plan with the Maltese Thermal Baths sports complex and the depot of the municipal transport company MPK Poznan.

As a result, the city will find out whether it is possible to transmit electricity from ITPOK to power selected facilities.

Waste as part of the circular economy in Poznan

Poznan is considering new ways to improve its energy security in renewable ways. The city’s decision to explore turning waste into electricity echoes the New Circular Economy Strategy of the EU.

The document calls for the rational use of resources and the need to limit the negative environmental impact of manufactured products that should remain in the economy as long as possible. In the case of Poznan, the possibility of using waste from the municipal incinerator to produce electricity and power urban facilities will be tested.

This includes the transport depot and the Maltese Thermal Baths, a sports complex claiming to be the most modern and largest water sports and recreational facility in Poland. Should the concept result in the construction of such a network, the city expects to achieve major economic gains and, above all, to reinforce its power security.

Turning waste into electricity in Poznan

As explained by SUEZ Zielona Energia (responsible for the energy to waste plant in Poznan), the extremely high temperature of waste treatment during the process significantly reduces air pollution, compared to burning in household furnace.  Currently, the heat generated in the process warms up water in a boiler and the steam is channelled to a turbine which powers the generator.

The machine is responsible for the production of electric energy which is supplied to the national power distribution grid. The plant is capable of generating heat and electricity at the same time.

The whole process, SUEZ explains, is monitored externally and is continuously being optimised. This also applies to the level of emissions and exhaust gas.



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