The Knapsack chemical park has existed for more than a century. Even then, the site was chosen based on its proximity to valuable energy from brown coal. The reason is that the manufacture of fertilizer for agriculture required large amounts of energy. Today the chemical park has transformed itself into an industrial complex with numerous manufacturing businesses. The great need for energy nonetheless persists.
The Knapsack alternative fuel power plant (EBKW) was established on the chemical park's property to meet the need for economical energy. Since 2009, the EBKW has recovered around 320 000 tons of alternate fuels annually and supplied the site with the generated energy.
Alternate fuels (EBS) are a specially treated form of commercial and industrial wastes having a considerably higher calorific value than traditional household waste.
InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG, the Knapsack chemical park's operating company, and EEW Energy from Waste have founded an independent company, EBS Kraftwerk GmbH, to operate the facility.
|Investment volume||105 million Euro|
|Number of lines||2|
|Waste-bunker storage volume||17,000 cubic meters ≈ 10,000 t|
|Range calorific value||11-17 MJ/kg|
|Power generation||228,000 MWh/a ≈ 66,000 households|
|Steam geneartion||47,000 MWh/a|