Waste-to-Energy Power Plants in Ohio & Pennsylvania
Columbus
Location: OH
Operator: Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
Configuration: 3 X 30 MW
Operation: 1983 (ret 1995)
Fuel: refuse, coal
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Dresser
EPC: Alden E Stilson Associates
Quick Facts: The plant was closed due to rising environmental compliance costs and increasing competition from local landfill operators. Two of the T/G sets have been relocated to other power plants.

Photograph courtesy of Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
Posted 18 Nov 2004

Delaware Valley
Location: PA
Operator: Covanta Energy
Configuration: 1 X 90 MW
Operation: 1991
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Tampella
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Sanders & Thomas, Dick Corp
Quick Facts: At completion, the Delaware Valley RRF was nominally the largest single-unit WTE facility in the world, although maximum electric output is restricted to about 75 MW. The project was developed by Westinghouse Energy Resource Systems and has six, 448tpd O'Connor rotary combustors. The plant meets the MSW disposal needs of Delaware County and also takes up to 500,000tpy of additional waste each year from surrounding counties. Each train has a dry scrubber followed by a baghouse.

Photograph courtesy of Covanta Energy
Posted 2 Mar 2008

Harrisburg
Location: PA
Operator: Covanta Energy
Configuration: 1 X 8.2 MW (ret), 1 X 24.1 MW
Operation: 1986-2006
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: International Boiler Works, Barlow
T/G supplier: Delaval, Dresser
EPC: Gannett Fleming Corddry & Carpenter, Barlow, Cianbro
Quick Facts: Harrisburg RRF was the first commercial WTE plant in the USA when it began steam-only operations in 1972. A turbine/generator set was added in 1986 and the plant was rebuilt in 2006. Harrisburg RRF is owned by Harrisburg Authority and operated by Covanta. It processes up to 800tpd of MSW selling electricity to PPL Corp and steam to the local steam system run by NRG Energy Center Harrisburg. The rebuilt plant has three 266tpd waterwall furnaces with AIREAL inclined-grate mass burn combustion systems. Emissions control is by dry scrubbers, baghouses, SNCR, and activated carbon injection.

Photograph courtesy of Covanta Energy
Posted 2 Mar 2008

 
Lancaster
Location: PA
Operator: Covanta Energy
Configuration: 1 X 35.7 MW
Operation: 1991
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Ogden Martin
T/G supplier: Elliott, Brush
EPC: Camp Dresser & McKee, Dick Corp
Quick Facts: Lancaster County RRF is on the Susquehanna River and began commercial operation in May 1991. The plant has three 400tpd reverse-reciprocating grate treatment lines, semi-dry lime flue gas scrubbers, baghouses, plus NOX and mercury control systems. Electricity is sold to FirstEnergy. Lancaster is a zero discharge facility. In Sep 2007, the facility obtained OHSA’s VPP STAR designation.

Photograph courtesy of Covanta Energy
Posted 8 Mar 2008

Wheelabrator Falls
Location: PA
Operator: Wheelabrator Technologies Inc
Configuration: 1 X 53 MW
Operation: 1994
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: B&W, Von Roll
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Rust
Quick Facts: This was the first commercial WTE plant in America with a totally integrated materials recovery facility. This can process up to 200 tpd of glass, ferrous and nonferrous metals, PET and HDPE plastics, newspapers, plus corrugated and other paper grades. Overall throughput is 1,500 tpd of MSW from Bucks Co.

Photograph courtesy of Wheelabrator Technologies Inc
Posted 2 Jan 2012

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 02-Jan-2012

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