Made-in-Vietnam: Waste-powered electricity

15:50 | 12/04/2017 Science - Technology

(VEN) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspected a waste-to-energy (WTE) technology model in the Dong Van 2 Industrial Park in the northern province of Ha Nam last month. This is a made-in-Vietnam invention, which converts waste into a synthesis gas used as fuel to generate electricity.  

The technology was developed by the Hydraulic Machine Co., Ltd. (HMC). It uses unclassified solid wastes in an odorless and smokeless process that produces no waste water or solid residue, so no disposal by burial is needed.

From September 21, 2016 to October 25, 2016, HMC successfully piloted the model on 208 tonnes of non-classified solid waste provided by the Ha Nam Urban Environment Company, generating sufficient power for the lighting system of the Dong Van 2 Industrial Park to run during 10 days.

During the trial period, daily waste was fully treated and the transformation of unclassified solid wastes in an odorless and smokeless process produced no waste water or solid residue.

Prime Minister Phuc praised the WTE technology model and the creativity of the Vietnamese researchers. He also said that this model would significantly contribute to the treatment of solid wastes, both organic and inorganic.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, an average of 23 million tonnes of solid waste is buried in over 500 landfills each year. Therefore, the successful manufacturing of a WTE technology not only resolves environmental problems in waste treatment, but also contributes to generating electricity.

Prime Minister Phuc asked ministries and agencies to continue supporting the company in perfecting the technology, with a view to putting it to commercial use nationwide. “We’re not talking about a monopoly but we need to compare technologies to see which is cleaner, cheaper, and more competitive. We appreciate the technology that benefits our country and society. Treatment of solid wastes, both organic and inorganic, in Vietnam is a question without answers.”

The prime minister suggested that Ha Nam Province allow HMC to handle part of the waste volume in the province for one month in order to compare the cost of the new technology with that of conventional waste treatment by burial, and then provide a detailed report on the economic efficiency of this technology.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has suggested that the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnam Electricity evaluate the technical aspects, connectivity, stability, volume and quality of power generation using a WTE technology model.