#Editors’Pick – Recycling, WtE and anaerobic digestion facilities


United States: Construction of the world’s first commercial clean battery recycling facility
Aqua Metals opened the world’s first AquaRefinery clean battery recycling commercial facility on 28th July in McCarran, NV. The AquaRefinery is due to achieve a production rate of 80 tonnes of lead per day by the end of 2016 and then expand production to 160 tonnes per day by 2018.

The company designed the facility in order to accommodate a total of 32 AquaRefining modules and additional battery breaking and component separations equipment sufficient to support expansion.

For more information on the new facility, click here.

Vietnam: Construction of a US$47 million WtE plant
China Everbright International has won a build-own-operate contract for the Can Tho waste-to-energy (WtE) project. The facility will be Vietnam’s first high standard WtE project.

It is designed to have a daily household waste processing capacity of 400 tonnes and will be equipped with a 7.5 MW power generator. This is expected to generate approximately 60,000,000 kWh of green electricity annually.

For the latest updates, click here.

UK: Construction of a 550,000 tpa WtE plant
Wheelabrator Technologies is to build a new £340 million waste-to-energy (WtE) plant at Kemsley, near Sittingbourne in Kent. The K3 CHP facility will process approximately 550,000 tonnes per annum of waste and supply up to 154 GWh of renewable electricity annually to the National Grid, as well as 180 GWh of heat to the DS Smith paper mill at Kemsley. Generating capacity will be 45 MW.

On 28th July 2016, the Green Investment Bank announced that it has committed £80 million of senior debt to the construction of the facility and Wheelabrator has secured more than £300 million of debt. Constructions industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM) has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project.

Keep up with the latest developments here.

Denmark: Construction of an 11 MW AD plant
One of the largest anaerobic digestion plants in Europe has been completed at Bevtoft in Vojens, with a biomethane output capacity equivalent to an electricity output of 11 MW.

The plant was developed by a 50-50 joint venture between E.ON and Sønderjysk Biogas (a collective of the 82 farmers supplying the substrate).

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