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AP environmental science students see how trash can be turned into usable energy

on May 24, 2017

student with hardhat onMr. Touw’s AP Environmental Class recently visited Wheelabrator Westchester, an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, located in Peekskill, NY.

They provide dependable, environmentally safe disposal of up to 2,250 tons per day of everyday household and business waste for Westchester County.

Students observed how the waste is used as local fuel to generate 63 MW of clean, renewable electricity, enough to power the electrical needs of 67,000 NY homes.

An Energy from Waste (EfW) plant works by taking the waste and converting its potential energy into any type of usable energy – the three main forms being heating, electricity and transport fuels – just as coal, oil and gas are used as fuels in fossil-fired power stations.

 

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