How Do We Turn Waste Into Clean Energy?
All of ReEnergy’s green power generation facilites need fuel. The biomass material we use can come from many sources, but typically includes green wood, recovered wood from urban uses or construction and demolition debris, and waste tires.
Such items, if not used as fuel, are often thrown into already bulging landfills or left to decay on the forest floor, which can contribute to forest fires.
We have hands in both sides of the waste-to-energy process: Our recycling facilities are creating biomass fuel that can be used at facilities like our renewable energy facilities. Our renewable energy facilities are using biomass fuel to generate electricity for use in the communities we serve.
To learn more about this process go to energy.gov.
The biomass material that we use for fuel is loaded into boilers at ReEnergy’s green energy facilities and heated in a highly controlled and regulated process that creates steam. The steam, under pressure, is fed into a turbine that spins and drives a generator to create electricity.
Using biomass to generate power prevents more than 30 million tons a year of organic waste – from construction and demolition activities, used tires, and papermaking byproducts, for instance – from being landfilled in the United States.
In addition, across the United States the biomass power industry recovers and removes 68 million tons of forest waste a year, allowing the healthy forest to grow and dramatically reducing the threat of forest fires.
And unlike other renewable power sources – such as solar and wind – a biomass power plant can operate 24/7, supplying a consistent and reliable and renewable stream of energy.
ReEnergy Holdings’ recycling businesses provide a constant source of fuel for biomass power facilities, as well as material for other industries that recycle and reuse material to make asphalt paving, new cardboard and drywall, and recycled plastic and metal products.
How does all this affect the environment? We’d love to tell you.