Doosan are looking at a recent $250m waste to heat energy installation in Poland as a potential role model to be adopted by new EU members in Eastern Europe.

The company is also ambitious for the potential of the technology outside of Europe, and most particularly with regard to the Mega Cities Project, aimed at making the world’s biggest metropolises more environmentally friendly.
COO Thomas Wehrheim of Doosan Lentjes shakes hands with Executive Director Kim Hak-yong of POSCO E&C (left) after signing the contract
Gerhard Lohe, Director Business Development, Doosan Lentjes GmbH told Power Engineering International that the company’s boiler technology can prove effective to newly admitted EU members as they seek to come to terms with clean energy legislation requirements coming from Brussels.

“We are looking at what new members of the EU like Poland, Czech Republic and future member countries like Bulgaria and Romania very closely. This Cracow project could be a role model for these countries as well.”

Mr Lohe says binding legislation to meet membership requirements will be at the forefront of individual countries’ strategic thinking and Doosan wants their waste-to-energy equipment to be part of the solutions chosen.

“Because of the directives of the European Union these new memberships have requirements to fulfill so there will be quite a big market in the coming years in Eastern Europe but also in the UK there is a quiet a big demand for waste incineration plants.

The Doosan boiler has clear benefits in terms of reliability and life expectancy, but the Doosan chief also points to the adaptability of the equipment as an appealing point to the municipal authorities and other clients.

“Waste is a very heterogeneous fuel and this is the key to this design. Waste has varying heat content or heat value and usually the heating value increases over the years parallel to the economic situation of a country.

So the more wealth there is the higher the heating value, and the design of a plant should cover that in some way, as this model does.”

And the company is equally upbeat about the potential for the technology worldwide, with the obvious benefits that can accrue to the world’s largest cities part of the Doosan vision.

“We are looking at participation in the Mega cities project. These are cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Mexico City – huge cities with 50 million people, or more, living there.

They have to take care of disposing waste in a very environmentally friendly way so we are taking real interest in these projects and seeing where we can supply our technology.”

The Cracow waste-to-heat project was developed in partnership with Posco Engineering and Construction company (NYSEPKX).

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