Fast-growing urban populations and the limited availability of land is putting increasing pressure on cities to manage waste. In Australia, almost half of our household waste – over 21 million tonnes per year – goes directly from kerbsides to landfill and therein lies an opportunity to unlock vast value and contribute to the country’s long-term energy reliability by putting our waste to work.
By helping our clients understand all the legislative drivers and technical innovations, we can help communities benefit from vast improvements in energy efficiency and long-term environmental and social outcomes.
Waste to energy provides a valuable resource that contributes to decarbonising the energy generation sector. It lessens the amount of waste sent to landfill, reduces carbon dioxide emissions by displacing power produced from fossil fuels, and offers a viable replacement for traditional power sources to help balance the grid.
Making use of heat and converting waste materials to support renewable energy supplies and power generation, WSP is committed to meeting our clients’ unique project requirements.
WSP supports energy developers, utility clients, funders and investors throughout the lifecycle of their energy projects. We understand all technologies: cogeneration - Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants; combined cycle; Waste to Energy (WtE) or Energy from Waste (EfW) processes including anaerobic digestion, gasification and pyrolysis, Heat-Only Boiler (HOB) station, and others, which enables us to provide detailed and impartial advice.
We are a leading consultant in the waste industry, with both local and international experience as technical advisors to governments, project developers and contractors throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Our local team has extensive experience in preparing tender documents and evaluating EPC submissions and developing designs for waste to energy projects in Asia and Australia.
Utilising our international collaboration, our experts in the UK, the Nordics and USA have played integral roles in assessing, developing and maintaining commercially operating plants.
WSP provides a comprehensive range of technical capabilities throughout the lifecycle of projects and infrastructure – from strategic planning and analysis, through engineering and construction, to maintenance and operations.
- Waste sourcing and assessment
- Solid fuel boiler configurations: step, reciprocating, Vibrating grate, bubbling, fluidised bed, pulverised fuel
- Biomass feedstocks: bagasse, sawdust, woodchip, cereal straw, almond shell and hull
- Mixed fuels: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel and other alternative fuels
- Steam turbine generators and all balance of plant typical of Rankine and combined cycle power generation projects
- Flue gas treatment
- Ash treatment and disposal.