More intelligent energy management and CHP, achieved with support from Dutch utility Nuon, has helped waste processing company Icova cut costs, a statement from the company says.

Two CHP stations and an online gas consumption monitoring system allow the company to regulate its own energy demand and usage. The CHP stations yield some 40% of the company’s electricity requirement, with heat that had been previously exhausted now captured and used to dry waste before it is processed into pellets for use as fuel in power stations.

The company is thus saving hundreds of thousands of euros on its gas bill, with the added bonus of a 10% reduction in its carbon dioxide emissions, it says.

Michaël van Hulst, Director of Icova: ‘We have been able to add considerable efficiency to our business processes and have thus realised major savings – not only in energy costs but also in emissions.’