The chemical industrial park in Hurth-Knapsack has existed for more than 100 years, and the location was chosen at the time due to its proximity to inexpensive energy from brown coal. Today the industrial complex still has a large demand for energy, which is now met in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. The power is generated by the Knapsack energy from waste plant (EBKW) operated by EBS Kraftwerk GmbH, a company belonging to EEW Energy from Waste and YNCORIS GmbH & Co. KG, the operator of the chemical park. Each year, 191,000 megawatt hours of electricity are produced here, securing the energy supplies of the nearby companies without the need for long transport routes. At the plant, 320,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) – specially treated commercial and industrial waste with a very high calorific value – is converted to electricity in a safe, low-emission process.
In view of the current situation with regard to the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), until further notice there will be no tours for visitor groups at the EEW locations in Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. This is purely a precautionary measure in the interests of our employees and visitors.
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|Total investment||€ 105 million|
|Number of combustion lines||2|
|Waste bunker capacity||17,000 cubic metres ≈ 10,000 tonnes|
|Calorific range of waste||11-17 megajoules/kilogram|
|Power generation||191,000 megawatt hours/year ≈ 55,000 households|
|Process steam geneartion||92,000 megawatt hours/year|