What is a cooling system?

Energy is recovered from waste by burning it to heat water, create steam and spin a turbine to generate electricity. As part of this process, a cooling system is required to condense exhaust steam from the turbine back into water. The water is then pumped back to the boiler so it can be reused in the energy recovery process. In doing so, this helps to lower the carbon footprint of our ERF.

We have chosen an air-cooled system for new facility as it is better for the environment than a water-cooling system. It will use circulating air to cool the hot steam from the power generation process. The air lowers the temperature of the steam condensing it back into water which we can then pump back to the boiler and re-use it in the facility throughout the power generation process.

This process will mean we can avoid emitting vast amounts of steam into the atmosphere.

You can find out more about the cooling systems here.