New plant will generate energy, using a third of Mexico City's garbage

New plant will generate energy, using a third of Mexico City's garbage

Mexico is one of the cities with the highest generation of garbage, after New York, and it is already unfeasible and highly polluting to bury the 13,000 tons that the city produces per day in sanitary landfills.

Non-recyclable inorganic waste will be disposed of in the thermo-valorization plant to generate electricity. It will be the first in Latin America and the largest worldwide, with a capacity to process 4,500 tons of waste per day.

With it, 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide will stop being emitted, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

How the plant will work

Waste will be received 20 trucks at a time in a closed space to avoid odors. Then the garbage will be taken to thermal boilers by cranes and there they will go to the thermovaluation process.

In it, in a continuous and controlled manner, waste is incinerated in special furnaces that reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. The combustion air, together with the force of the water, will generate steam that will feed the turbines that will produce electrical energy, which will go to the national grid. At the end of the process there will be some condensers that will recover the water to be used again in the process.

How much energy will it produce

It is estimated that energy equivalent to that used by the entire Mexico City metro network or that consumed by 120,000 homes can be generated. In numbers: 965,000 megawatts hour / year.

The Government of Mexico City plans to allocate the energy supplied to the 12 lines of the Metro Collective Transportation System.

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