On February 24, 2015, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County's Renewable Energy Facility 2 (PBREF 2) celebrated the first firing of post-recycled municipal solid waste on one of the plant’s three processing lines. The plant is scheduled to begin operation in Summer 2015 at Palm Beach Renewable Energy Park.

As the most advanced and cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in North America, PBREF 2 will provide power for an estimated 40,000 homes and businesses while processing more than 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste. This will reduce reliance on the landfill by up to 90%, while also recycling an estimated 27,000 tons of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals annually after the trash is burned.  

PBREF 2 will incorporate Babcock & Wilcox Vølund DynaGrate™ technology, which will provide for more complete combustion of waste, as well as state-of-the-art air pollution control technologies, including Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) for nitrogen oxides (NOx) control. 

The facility will feature a unique rainwater collection system that will provide for a portion of the process water necessary to operate the facility. The LEED-certified platinum Education Center will be the center piece of the public outreach activities and will be open to the public for private tours and events year-round.  

Since construction began in 2012, the PBREF 2 project has created hundreds of good-paying local jobs, and will be responsible for more than $694 million in economic activity over the next 10 years. Together, with SWA’s existing Renewable Energy Facility 1, they will provide career opportunities for more than 200 full-time employees for decades to come.  

The Babcock & Wilcox Company and KBR are proud to be a part of such an important project and look forward to providing a world-class waste-to-energy facility for the residents of Palm Beach County.