EEW

EEW Energy from Waste GmbH (EEW) is one of the leading companies in Europe in the field of thermal recovery of household and commercial waste as well as sewage sludge. Already today, EEW Energy from Waste is making an important contribution towards protecting the climate and resources and is a cornerstone for the circular economy. In the 17 modern facilities current operated within our corporate group we are able to process around 5 million tonnes of waste per year. In the process, we reduce the volume significantly, sanitize the waste, and recycle scrap metals and agglomerates. Moreover, we make efficient use of the energy contained in the waste and generate process steam for industrial plants, district heating for residential areas and environmentally sustainable power for approximately 720,000 households.*  

In line with our vision for the future, we have set the goal to be climate neutral by 2030 and climate positive by 2040. Key measure will be carbon capture at our facilities. The captured CO2 will be partly stored underground (Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS) and utilized as a valuable feedstock for chemical products in a carbon neutral economy of the future (Carbon Capture and Utilization, CCU). 

Vision

“EEW will continue to strengthen its role as a leading company in the field of resource protection and sustainable energy supply for industry and homes in Europe. As an indispensable part of the circular economy, we reduce climate impact, protect our environment and preserve human and animal health.”

Mission

“We accept the global and national challenges of climate and resource protection.
Using sustainable and state-of-the-art processes and the opportunities presented by digitalization, we 

  • provide climate-friendly energy in the form of process steam, district heat and power, 
  • permanently remove hazardous pollutants, 
  • preserve primary resources and 
  • reclaim valuable raw materials. 
  • All of our activities reflect our binding values, and we maintain trusting relationships among our employees and with our partners.” 

EEW Energy from Waste Delfzijl B.V. is a 100% subsidiary of EEW Energy from Waste. EEW’s energy from waste plant is located in the industrial park of Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The two-lined plant started operation in 2010. In 2019, a third line was commissioned. By 2025, a fourth line for mono incineration of sewage sludge will be completed. Currently, the plant processes 576,000 t/a of residual waste and provides electricity as well as process steam to the surrounding industry.  

By 2025, a carbon capture facility with a capacity of 270ktpa shall be added to the plant in order to store the fossil part (CCS), to utilize the CO2 in an own recycling project, and provide biogenic CO2 to the HyNetherlands project. Our plan is to add further capacity up to a total of 400 ktpa per year by 2030.  

* calculated assuming an annual average requirement per household of 3,500 kWh 

Role in the project

For the first phase of the HyNetherlands project, EEW Energy from Waste Delfzijl B.V. will provide about 77,500 t/a of biogenic CO2 to OCI/BioMCN to produce e-Methanol. The CO2 will be delivered via pipeline from EEW’s waste-to-energy plant located in the Delfzijl chemical park to BioMCN’s nearby production facility.  

In the future, EEW can provide further CO2 for the scale-up of the project. 

Relevant previous projects

EEW’s business model depends on providing reliable, highly-efficient waste recovery meeting highest environmental standards. As an operator of waste-to-energy plants in Europe, EEW needs to be up-to-date regarding available technologies due to EU Best Available Techniques Reference regulations only. But also beyond that, EEW has committed to high environmental standards based on cutting-edge technologies for example by introducing certified Environmental Management Systems for all plants from the very beginning and defining voluntary goals in its annually published Sustainability report. 

Already in 2007, EEW developed a flue gas cleaning system for the waste-to-energy plant in Delfzijl that set standards in terms of low emissions and high energy efficiency due to a special heat recovery system. It has been copied in several other plants since – both by EEW and other operators. Despite being developed 15 years ago, it still easily keeps the extremely low emission thresholds as defined in the currently valid the EU’s Best Available Technology (BREF) specifications. Due to this advanced flue gas cleaning system and excellent operations, we can keep the NOx immission limit originally issued for two incineration lines even after adding new lines three and four, and even including emissions from waste deliveries. 

Since then, Delfzijl has remained a site where EEW carried out a large number of highly innovative projects. This included the implementation of an organic rankine cycle (ORC) module. This module makes electricity generation from low-temperature heat possible. As a result, the energy efficiency of the plant has increased leading to savings of CO2 emissions by replacing conventionally produced energy. 

Also in the field of carbon capture, EEW is highly active in research projects. Key project is the DrACO2 project that is implemented in collaboration with the institute for power plant technology and heat transmission of Leibniz University Hanover (Institut für Kraftwerkstechnik und Wärmeübertragung (IKW) an der Leibniz Universität Hannover) and research center CUTEC (Clausthaler Umwelttechnik Forschungszentrum). Within three years, the project will develop an optimized flue gas cleaning system including carbon capture for waste-to-energy. Focus is on analyzing and optimizing the entire system from incineration, flue gas cleaning and CO2 capture. As a result, material flows of operating materials and residues can be minimized and new operating systems can be developed. New plants containing carbon capture facilities can be more easily planned. 

All of EEW’s technical innovations will be turned into practice with the construction of the “waste-to-energy plant 4.0” as a replacement of old existing plants or components of them. It will have all characteristics of a future waste-to-energy facility. This includes at least the following features: 

  • Pre-sorting of plastics for recycling and carbon capture plant for reduction of CO2 emissions (objective: “net zero“) 
  • Power and heat storage for increase of energy efficiency and provision of system services to the local grid operator  
  • Production of hydrogen with utilisation of O2 in the boiler for improvement of emission values and savings of operation materials  
  • Design optimized to life cycle and application of predictive maintenance tools 
  • Automated scales, automated detection of intrusives and fully digital handling of waste delivers 
  • Future-oriented infrastructure capable of internet-of-things, remote control and remote maintenance through live data connection 

In recent years, EEW has also implemented and started a large number of new construction projects. In 2019, the addition of a third waste incineration line to the existing plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, was completed. In Fall 2021, a second grate-firing waste incineration line started operation in Premnitz, Germany. Further new pants are currently under construction. Regarding waste recovery, the plant located in Stapelfeld near Hamburg, Germany, is currently replaced by a new one with a significantly higher efficiency providing higher amounts of energy. Moreover, a fifth waste incineration line is being added to the waste-to-energy plant in Rothensee, Magdeburg, Germany by 2024 especially for new waste streams like light shredder fractions which cannot be recycled yet. 

In 2017, EEW entered into the field of sewage sludge mono incineration enabling recycling of more than 80% of phosphorous from the ashes. Currently, five plants are under construction with the one in Helmstedt, Germany being nearly completed. 

Besides these growth projects, EEW is working on developing further new construction projects to meet Sustainability goals. This includes several carbon capture projects in Germany and the Netherlands. In Delfzijl, EEW also intends to implement a sorting facility for pre-sorting of plastics. This serves to reducing fossil CO2 emissions and also reducing the waste’s high calorific value enabling higher throughputs.  

Further projects in Germany include recycling of building material from road tar rubble and energy storage projects. In addition, EEW is working on projects to recycle output materials such as slag and flue gas cleaning residues.  

Information

Address:
EEW Energy from Waste Delfzijl B.V.
Oosterhorn 38
9936 Farmsum
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 596 674-000
Fax: +31 596 674-394
delfzijl@eew-energyfromwaste.com 

Website:
https://www.eew-energyfromwaste.com/en/
https://www.eew-energyfromwaste.com/en/our-sites/delfzijl/

Contact:
Léon Dirrix, spokesman EEW Delfzijl 
T: +31 (0)627305701  
E: leon.dirrix@eew-energyfromwaste.com
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