The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County’s Renewable Energy Facility 2 (PBREF 2) 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 WaVe™ Grate 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.