- General Interest
Energy from waste (EfW) is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste. EfW is a form of energy recovery. Most EfW facilities’ processes produce electricity and/or heat directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels.
The conversion of waste to energy has become a popular and viable route for managing waste.
Here are some of the benefits of the EfW process:
- Reduction of waste going to landfill sites
- Reduction of carbon emissions
- Reduction of the use of fossil fuels
- Electricity and heat can be generated from waste which provide an alternative and more environment-friendly source of energy
- The local community around EfW facilities benefits from the creation of jobs to cost effective energy
The UK has seen the cost of energy rise by 26% over the last 10 years, and the need to improve energy efficiency is becoming more and more important for all business sectors.
The ongoing rise in energy prices as well as the concern to protect the environment has underlined the urgent need to reduce energy losses and CO² emissions. Energy efficiency solutions are therefore at the core of the Saint-Gobain and ISOVER strategy as the world‘s leading insulation company.
Within Isover’s Technical Insulation range are numerous sustainable insulation solutions for thermal, fire and sound protection specially designed for HVAC and Industry. Isover offers insulation solutions that help to protect the climate and environment in a sustainable way.
During the last 25 years Isover has produced about 1.5 billion m² of insulation material. That is equivalent to a reduction of about 300 million tons of CO² emissions. For more than 135 years Isover has consistently worked to improve not only the thermal performance of its insulation products but also the resources necessary to manufacture them.
Isover has constantly looking at the following areas:
- Optimising insulation efficiency, to maximise the potential for CO² savings (and reduce costs for CO² emission certificates), as well as provide a buffer against future rising energy costs.
- To use innovative insulation materials, such as Ultimate, and new insulation systems, such as low emissivity cladding systems, will help to maximise potential energy savings and improve environmental protection on industrial equipment.
Isover’s Ultimate range is up to 28% quicker to install than stone wool equivalents, this allows for the insulation install to be quicker and easier. Whilst working to, or exceeding, the same Industry specifications as atone wool products.
It also provides long term energy savings on site as it has up to a 35% increase in thermal performance when compared against stone wool.
With Ultimate wired mat and pipe section mat there is up to 30% reduction in economic thickness, when compared to stone wool. Meaning less product is delivered and, subsequently, stored on site, reducing the overall carbon footprint used. This means lower transportation and on site storage costs.
Our Ultimate range is up to 45% lighter than stone wool, without losing any performance requirements. This means the product is easier to move around site, and allows for a more comfortable installation process.
Energy from Waste facilities are expensive to build and operate. So there need to make sure that energy efficient solutions are installed during the build process. Solutions that will provide a benefit to the facility over a period of time. Isover’s Ultimate range fits perfectly for Energy from Waste facilities, as it ties into the message of doing more from less.