ABB technologies to power waste incineration plant in Switzerland

2010-10-08 - Electrics and process control solution to improve operating efficiency of Bern facility

Zurich, Switzerland, Oct.8, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will supply equipment for a new waste incineration facility being constructed by Energie Wasser Bern.The planned facility will be the first of its kind in Europe, integrating a clean biomass-fired power station and combined cycle gas turbine plant. It will replace an existing waste incinerator, which is around thirty-five years old and has reached the end of its technical service life.

ABB will supply integrated electrical and process control systems for the entire plant and will also be responsible for the high-voltage power grid connection to the capital city of Bern. The new plant is expected to be commissioned in 2012.

“Electrics and controls are key elements when it comes to optimizing efficiency in such plants and ABB has best-in-class technologies combined with domain expertise and experience to meet these needs” said Franz-Josef Mengede, head of ABB’s global Power Generation business, a part of the Power Systems division. ”This is yet another example to illustrate the active role that ABB is playing in developing sustainable solutions for a better world.”

With an annual incineration capacity of 110,000 metric tons of waste and 112,000 metric tons of wood, the facility will generate about 250,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of thermal energy and 338,000 MWh of electricity per year, significantly reducing Bern's dependence on external power supplies.

The new installation is an integral part of the city's long-term district heating and electricity plan, and at the same time deploys a futuristic recycling concept that can dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

ABB has more than four decades of experience supplying state-of-the-art power and automation technologies to sustainably manage complex waste incineration processes, a track record that includes more than 730 projects in about 60 countries.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

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