This state-of-the-art, low-emissions plant provides heating for households

The fuel used in the waste-to-energy plant is incinerable waste, which has been sorted at source to remove recyclable and hazardous waste fractions. More than 200,000 kg of unrecyclable, incinerable waste arrives at Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto’s waste collection centres every weekday.

In the waste-to-energy plant, unrecyclable waste is put to use close to its point of origin. This reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of waste transports, as long-distance shipments are no longer needed and the waste itself can be converted into local energy by the plant.

Salon Kaukolämpö Oy is the Salo region’s district heating company, which sells and distributes the district heating generated at its plant to local households and businesses. In accordance with its environmental permit, the plant is dimensioned to handle a maximum of 120,000 tonnes of waste each year, which is equivalent to a heat input of 44 MW. Each year, the plant produces 180–190 GWh of district heating for locals and approximately 62 GWh of electricity for the national power grid.

The waste-to-energy plant

  • 1 Waste fuel receiving
  • 2 Waste bunker
  • 3 Boiler building
  • 4 Turbine building
  • 5 Flue gas treatment plant
  • 6 Chimney
  • 7 Control room
  • 8 Water plant
  • 9 Visitor centre and office
  • 10 Intermediate slag storage facility

Waste-to-energy plant in figures

  • Site area 3.9 ha

  • Chimney height 70 m

  • Overall efficiency in district heat production 99 %

  • Heat input 44 MW

  • Plant incineration capacity 360 t/day

  • Volume of waste incinerated each year max. 120,000 t

  • Incineration temperature 1,200°C

  • Waste bunker storage capacity 5,000 – 7,000 m3

  • Waste shipments on weekdays approx. 20 truckloads

  • Annual operating hours 8,000 – 8,300 h/a