By co-operation with local industry, in this case the papermill company Peterson Linerboard Ranheim and the municipal waste handling department, the establishment of this plant has resulted in a number of benefits:
- about a 30% reduction in fuelling costs and CO2 emissions for Peterson Linerboard;
- the papermill no longer has to pay a landfill charge on the reject delivered to the plant;
- the service life of the local landfill is increased by 10 to 15 years;
- methane gas emissions from the municipal landfill are reduced;
- waste which otherwise would have been broken down at the landfill can now be energy-recycled.
Since it is possible to build profitable plants with output from 3 MW, the threshold for establishment is much lower than for larger, more conventional plants.
More conventional plants have often been reliant on long
pipelines to achieve high energy utilisation. The AITOS plant can be built quickly, near the potential user of energy and the fuel can be taken either directly from the manufacturer of the fuel or from temporary storage. This
minimises both loss of energy and pipeline investment costs. If the need for energy changes geographically, the plant can be disassembled and moved elsewhere.
The table shows the energy recycling plant's emission data,
together with the Norwegian and EU proposed emission demands in the year 2000.
More and more built-up areas in Norway are experiencing problems related to waste handling. Amounts of waste are rising, landfills are being
closed down and the responsibility for the handling of waste is decentralised. Many existing landfills also have problems with capacity.
The AITOS energy recycling plant does not take up much space, and this is a definite
advantage. In Ranheim the plant is situated close to a residential area, and the size of the plant means that it does not disfigure the surroundings. Low noise levels and proven low emissions have meant that the local residents
have not objected to the establishment of the plant.