When looking for an environmentally friendly waste management solution in the Palatinate region of Germany, the local special purpose waste management association (ZAS) decided to construct the Pirmasens energy from waste plant (MHKW). This combined heat and power (CHP) plant is operated by EEW Energy from Waste Saarbrücken GmbH. The thermal waste treatment plant can process up to 180,000 tonnes of waste a year and accepts waste from the districts of Germersheim, Südliche Weinstrase, Südwestpfalz and the cities of Landau, Pirmasens and Zweibrücken. This waste is used to generate 113,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 26,000 megawatt hours of district heating every year in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. This corresponds to the electricity needs of around 32,000 households in the region.
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.
Up-to-date information on the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) with instructions for visitors and customers at the EEW locations in Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands can be found here.
|Total investment||€ 178 million|
|Number of combustion lines||2|
|Waste bunker capacity||5,300 cubic metres ≈ 3,000 tonnes|
|Calorific range of waste||7-15 megajoules/kilogram|
|Power generation||113,000 megawatt hours/year ≈ 32,000 households|
|District heating generation||26,000 megawatt hours/year|
The operator of the MHKW Pirmasens, EEW Energy from Waste Saarbrücken GmbH, publishes the emission data to continuously inform the citizens on the quality of the exhaust gas purification of its waste incineration line.
You can find the values of the past years below (only in German):
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2020 (PDF, 112.6 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2019 (PDF, 110.1 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2018 (PDF, 111.1 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2017 (PDF, 132.9 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2016 (PDF, 54.6 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2015 (PDF, 53.8 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2014 (PDF, 258.5 KB)
- Emissions MHKW Pirmasens 2013 (PDF, 43.6 KB)
How does a waste-to-energy plant (MHKW) work? What is flue gas cleaning? What steps are taken during energy production in the MHKW? Have these and many more questions answered during a visit to Pirmasens's MHKW.
Plant tours take place only after arranging an appointment, generally on Thursdays. You can call +49 63 31 55 36-0 to get appointments and further information.
|Number of participants:||min. 10 persons|
|max. 40 persons|
|Individuals can join an already registered group of visitors as opportunity allows.|
|Minimum age:||twelve years|
|Notes:||Tour traverses several stairs. Please wear sturdy footwear.|
|Parking spaces:||left in front of the plant entrance near the guard house|
Monday to Friday: 7:00 to 17:00
Saturday: 8:00 to 12:00
Last delivery accepted 15 minutes before closing time.