Potential of sector coupling for waste treatment plants
In sector coupling, economic sectors are linked to each other so that renewable energy cannot only be used optimally and integrated in the electricity sector but also in the fields of heating, cooling and transport. The possibilities and potential of sector coupling for waste treatment plants have hardly been examined systematically to date. bifa is now undertaking a study of this on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA).
It will consider plants, which not only treat waste but also recover energy, e. g. plants for municipal waste incineration, biowaste fermentation, waste wood incineration and sewage sludge incineration. To this end, the possibilities of sector coupling (also known as electrification), will be evaluated from a technical, ecological and economic point of view. Carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies will also be considered. The view is of the future: The reference year for the forecasts will be 2035.
An evaluation model will be developed to classify suitable combinations of waste treatment plants and sector coupling technologies (e. g. power-to-gas, power-to-liquid, heat and waste heat options). It can be used to perform location and potential analyses, including for individual waste treatment plants. If nothing else, in a Germany-wide consideration – including consideration of legal and political aspects – of the potential contribution of sector coupling to efficient energy and material use and greenhouse gas emission reduction for waste treatment plants will be pointed out.
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Dr. Wolfram Dietz