Energy Recovery

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 7, Pg. 60-61

Document Type: Feature article


In Albany, N.Y. the state and city cooperated in designing and building a refuse-into-steam energy plant that has several unique features. In most such facilities, the entire plant is at one location. Here, refuse shredding and ash processing (seperating out three saleable fractions--ferrous metals, mixed nonferrous metals, and aggregate for construction)-- are done at Albany's landfill. Shredded refuse is trucked into central Albany, where it is burned to generate steam used by the state to heat its office buildings. Design is a compromise between super-complex facilities conceived in the late 1970s, which had so many processing steps that they were uneconomic or suffered many malfunctions, and others that were the simplest of all, the °mass burn° , which seperates out nothing and sell no fraction of the waste (except recovered energy, which is solid as steam or electricity).

Subject Headings: Steam power | Energy recovery | Electric power | Building design | Sustainable development | Metals (chemical) | Power plants | Urban areas | New York | United States

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