IKW Rüdersdorf is located in the district of Märkisch-Oderland on the eastern periphery of Berlin. In the waste to energy plant, processed municipal and industrial waste is thermally recycled. Thanks to its technical equipment, IKW Rüdersdorf can optimally exploit the energy which the fuel contains. The plant thus achieves an unusually high electrical efficiency for waste incineration plants of around 30 percent. In this way, three goals are achieved simultaneously: environmentally friendly and safe waste disposal, highly efficient production of electricity and heat, and avoidance of the use of fossil fuels for electricity production. Most of the electricity is used directly by a neighboring cement plant: CEMEX OstZement GmbH - one of the longest established and largest employers in the region - can therefore almost completely cover its electricity requirements. Any surplus power is fed into the national grid. By using the energy from waste incineration, IKW Rüdersdorf contributes to securing the long-term power supply of the industrial site. In addition, the plant provides economic impetus for the entire Region.
Facts and figures
Plant Abfallverbrennungsanlage IKW Rüdersdorf Owner STEAG Waste to Energy GmbH Location Siedlerweg 11, 15562 Rüdersdorf bei Berlin/OT Herzfelde Function Thermische Verwertung von Abfällen Construction period 2006-2009 Commissioning January 2009 Employees 45 Plant capacity 270,000 t/a Incineration 1 train with a throughput of approx. 30 t/h Combustion grate Three run reciprocating grate Steam generator Natural circulation with 4 vertical passes Quantity of steam 120 t/h Steam pressure 90 bar Steam temperature 400 °C Turbine output 35 MW Waste disposal (2018) 248,925 Mg Electricity generation, gross (2018) 236,639 MWh Electricity generation, net (2018) 219,744 MWh Bottom ash/slag (2018) 56,124 Mg
Teamwork for the environment
Through the environmental management system of IKW Rüdersdorf, environmental protection is firmly integrated into the everyday operations of the plant. With the aid of modern technology, a dedicated team ensures that the strict legal and approval limits are adhered to. The highly efficient thermal recycling of the waste relieves the strain on the environment and conserves resources.
Compared to energy generation from fossil primary energy sources such as coal or natural gas, waste incineration makes a significant contribution to climate protection. This is because around 15 percent of the waste consists of renewable carbon. Therefore, the generation of electricity and heat from waste saves an average of 36 percent of CO2 compared to fossil fuels. Recyclable materials from the incineration residues are also returned to the production cycle. Harmful or hazardous contents of the waste, on the other hand, are destroyed, converted, separated and safely retained.
It is our declared aim to sustainably reduce the environmental footprint of our activities to a minimum. This is why we have made environmental protection an integral part of our operations at IKW Rüdersdorf by implementing a comprehensive environmental management system. The operation of waste to energy plants is subject to strict pollution control regulations. With the aid of complex cleaning and filter systems, we ensure that pollutants are reliably captured and do not pollute the environment. Our employees are not only trained and instructed in accordance with operational requirements and statutory regulations. Thanks to extensive training and further education measures, they are always abreast of the latest know-how. In this way, we ensure when operating the plant that the strict legal and approval limits are adhered to at all times.
So funktioniert die Abfallverwertung in Rüdersdorf