Indaver is continuously looking for new ways to use the energy it recovers in the thermal treatment of waste. One possibility is energy clusters, whereby Indaver’s plants supply heat to neighbouring companies and residential areas. Indaver considers green heat a lever to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission and to increase the share of renewable energy. For this reason we are engaged in several 'green heat' projects.
In the Waasland Port, the industrial steam network ECLUSE will be operational from autumn 2018. As soon as it is operational, this steam network will save 100,000 tons of CO2 each year. That is the equivalent of fifty wind turbines. It will produce five percent of the green heat in Flanders, providing reliable and cost-efficient energy to industry. Antwerp has the largest cluster of chemical companies in Europe, and ECLUSE will help to anchor industry there in years to come. The network will send the steam generated by Indaver and SLECO through five kilometres of pipelines above and below the ground. Indaver/SLECO has already been connected to a neighbouring company by a steam pipe. One company will use the condensate heat, and five companies will draw on the steam as needed. This will make their own energy consumption more sustainable because they will no longer need to use gas, a fossil fuel.
We have developed an energy cluster in Antwerp, where Indaver thermally treats industrial and hazardous waste. This energy cluster supplies residual heat and electricity to Amoras, the mechanical dewatering project of the Port of Antwerp. A pipeline for 90°C hot water was installed from Indaver Antwerp to the Amoras plant to heat the Amoras buildings, enabling the energy cluster to prevent the annual emission of 45,000 tonnes of CO2.
Indaver is also working on energy clusters from its plant in Antwerp, where industrial and hazardous waste is thermally treated. Indaver is investigating how it can put heat surpluses to beneficial use for industrial companies and residential areas (a.k.a. district heating).