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How Innovative Process Technology and Automation Combine for a Triple Bottom Line Win: A Case Study

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When the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) moved forward with plans to build a new solids processing facility, the organization committed to state-of-the-art technology and equipment, which would replace aging infrastructure – often more than 20 years old – and effectively resolve increasing maintenance issues and costs, recurring odor complaints, and ever-tightening regulatory standards.

The new technology and equipment at MCES includes new incinerators and equipment for air pollution, odor control, and energy cogeneration, which have significantly reduced emissions and odors and brought monumental savings in energy costs (gas and electric) which total about 4 million annually.

Keywords: air pollution control systems; autogenous combustion; dewatering; electrostatic precipitators; fluid bed incinerators; heat recovery; multiple hearth furnaces; scrubbers; sewage sludge incineration; wet electrostatic precipitators

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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