Plasco Compares Itself With Durham Incinerator

- December 12th, 2011

Plasco CEO Rod Bryden uses the incineration program in Durham Region as a frequent point of comparison with the gasification plant proposed in Ottawa. Here are numbers Plasco provides in its presentation:

Projections Durham Incinerator     Plasco
Annual tonnage 140,000 128,500
Facility cost to municipality     $272M $0
Electricity produced 0.863 MWh/tonne 1.4 MWh/tonne
Tipping fee/tonne $105 $83.25

Categories: Garbage

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  1. Frank Claeys says:

    I am a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature, correspondence course. A couple of years ago I wrote an article about turning garbage into electricity. The article is aimed at a younger audience but contains useful information for everyone. I did a lot of research to write this article:

    Turning Trash Into Gold

    Can you light your home with garbage? Have you ever thought about just how much garbage a single town produces? Have you ever wondered where electricity comes from? It is indeed possible to convert a huge mountain of trash into useful energy to light your home and run all your favorite gadgets.
    There are many ways electricity is produced:
    A) Hydroelectricity:
    Hydroelectricity essentially means electricity from water. Approximately 20% of electricity worldwide is derived from the hydroelectric process. Hydroelectric stations use either the natural drop of water through, for example waterfalls or rapids, or a dam to raise the water level to create the necessary drop to create the motive force
    The hydroelectric process involves harnessing the energy of moving water to turn a series of turbines. A turbine is basically a wheel connected to an electrical generator. Large electromagnets inside the generator are attached to a rotor located within a coil of copper wires. The spinning rotor makes the magnets spin within this coil, producing electricity.
    B) Fossil Power Generation:
    Fossil power involves burning coil, oil, natural gas or biomass to heat water and convert it into very high pressure steam (pressures as high as 600 times greater than the atmospheric pressure you feel around you) to run turbines connected to electrical generators. The main difference between Fossil Power and Hydroelectric power is that the motive force to run the turbines is steam rather than flowing water.
    C) Nuclear Power:
    Much like fossil power, nuclear power stations use the power of steam to spin electrical generating turbines. The heat to create steam is produced in a nuclear reactor by splitting the atoms of a naturally occurring element called uranium through a process called nuclear fission. Invisible to the naked eye, atoms are the building blocks of every single thing on the planet. When these tiny particles are split, a tremendous amount of energy is released. When done in the controlled environment of a nuclear reactor, this energy is released in the form of heat energy to create steam.
    D) Alternative Forms of Power Generator:
    Wind power and solar power may seem modern but they are two of the oldest forms of energy on earth and are in vogue again given all of the concerns about global warming and about the depletion of our natural resources.
    Wind power uses the force of the wind to turn large propeller shaped electricity-generating turbines without the need of any combustion. Their use is limited however since each individual wind turbine has very little electrical generating capacity compared to more traditional methods of…

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