Renewable Waste-to-Energy Facility Fuels Florida County

Renewable Waste-to-Energy Facility Fuels Florida County
Solid Waste Authority palm beach county, florida, USA
​This renewable energy facility, the first in over 15 years, is a model of sustain­abil­ity that can process 1 million tons of municipal solid waste per year, generate enough electricity to power 44,000 homes, and reduce landfilling in Palm Beach County by 90 percent. 
The Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County expanded its award-winning solid waste management system, adding a new waste-to-energy or renewable energy facility—the first of its kind to be built in the United States in more than 15 years—to its Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Park. CDM Smith collaborated with Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc. and KBR to provide this new, 3,000-ton-per-day mass burn renewable energy facility, which now processes solid waste for the county’s 1.3 million residents and businesses.

megawatts of energy produced
gallon potential capture of rainwater
reduced landfill waste

With the capacity to process 1 million tons of municipal solid waste per year, the new renewable energy plant generates approx­i­mately 100 megawatts, enough electricity to power 44,000 homes, and signif­i­cantly reduces landfilled waste in Palm Beach County by up to 90 percent. Our involvement in the over $670 million project included design-build respon­si­bil­i­ties for a LEED® Platinum-certified visitor center and an elevated walkway between the visitor center and refuse building. The center’s green features include an elevator gallery penthouse on the rooftop, planted roof garden and rain garden. Photo­voltaic sun canopies covering the surrounding parking areas and sidewalks outside of these buildings add to the site’s sustain­abil­ity.

Water conser­va­tion is another key project component. We designed an industrial-sized rainwater harvest system projected to capture 10 to 12 million gallons of rainwater per year from 7 acres of roof, reducing the facility’s demand for process water by approx­i­mately 15 percent. We also employed an energy-efficient, cascading water management system that appro­pri­ates water to areas of the facility according to the quality of water needed for different processes. This innovative system serves as a model for minimizing the need for clean water sources, while maximizing the recycling of water within a facility and reducing the need for wastewater treatment and disposal.
We were also responsible for the design and construc­tion of the tipping floor, air pollution control, ash handling and maintenance/warehouse buildings. Included in the construc­tion of those buildings was enhanced archi­tec­tural treatment, fire protection, utilities, electrical, structural, heating, ventilation, air condi­tion­ing and plumbing services.

Watch how the Solid Waste Authority is transforming waste into a powerful fertilizer product and setting a new bar for biosolids management.

Education Included
The project's Ed­u­ca­tion Center, con­sid­ered the focal point of the Au­thor­ity's re­new­able energy campus, is LEED® Platinum-cer­ti­fied.

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