This state-of-the-art, low-emission plant will provide heat for homes

The fuel used in the Waste-to-Energy plant is incinerable waste, which has been sorted in homes. Recyclable and otherwise reusable waste is removed from the incinerable waste. Approximately 350,000 sacks of unrecyclable waste are brought to Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto waste collection centres every weekday. In 2018, approximately half of LSJH's incinerable waste were shipped abroad, while the rest was used in Finnish combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

In a Waste-to-Energy plant, unrecyclable waste can be put to use close to its point of origin. This reduces the amount of greenhouse gases produced by waste transports, as there is no longer a need to ship waste over long distances and the waste itself can be converted into local energy by the Waste-to-Energy plant.

Salon Kaukolämpö Oy uses the energy produced by the plant for the distribution of district heat. In accordance with its environmental permit, the plant will be dimensioned to handle a maximum of 120,000 tonnes of waste each year, which is equivalent to a heat input of 44 MW. The plant will produce 180–190 GWh of district heating energy for Salo residents each year and approximately 62 GWh of electricity for the national power grid.

The plant will be using state-of-the-art grate technology, which will meet the stringent emissions requirements of the future. The waste will be efficiently incinerated in a state-of-the-art boiler.

Illustration of 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 Water plant
  • 8 Control room
  • 9 Visitor centre and office

Waste-to-Energy plant by the numbers

  • 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 to be incinerated each year
    max. 120 000 t

  • Incineration temperature
    1200 °C

  • Waste bunker storage capacity
    5 000 -
    7 000 m3

  • Waste shipments on weekdays
    40 truckloads

  • Annual operating hours
    8 000 -
    8 300 h/yr