Waste-to-Energy Plants in Switzerland - other cantons
KVA Basel
Location: Basel
Operator: Industrielle Werke Basel
Configuration: 1 X 17.2 MW CHP
Operation: 1999
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Enertech
Quick Facts: KVA Basel was rebuilt in 1999. It processes refuse from about 700,000 people in Basel and its immediate environs. The plant supplies the Basel DHS system, the largest in the country.

Photograph courtesy of KVA Basel
Posted 15 Sep 2005

Chaux-de-Fonds New
Location: Neuchâtel
Operator: Vadec SA
Configuration: 1 X 2.5 MW CHP
Operation: 1994
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: BBC (?)
Quick facts: In Mar 2008, Cridor and Saiod, two existing waste handling and disposal companies merged to form Vadec SA. The new company serves 355 000 inhabitants in 268 municipalities in the cantons of Berne, Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud with two waste treament centers in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Cottendart, both in Neuchâtel. The first, 2-line WTE plant at La Chaux-de-Fonds went online in 1972. A new single-line facility was built in 1994 with 50,000 tpy capacity and a new turbine added in 2000. The exterior treatment of the new plant was designed by architect Pierre Studer for an urban setting that had been in more-or-less continuous use since a gas plant was built on the site in 1897.

Photograph courtesy of Cridor SA
Posted 27 May 2009

Cheneviers
Location: Genève
Operator: Services Industriels de Genève
Configuration: 1 X 12 MW, 1 X 19 MW CHP
Operation: 1978-1993
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech, Von Roll
T/G supplier: BBC, ABB
Quick facts: Capacity is about 350,000 tpy of MSW from several nearby cantons. Electricity output covers up to 15% of Geneva's requirement. Steam is sold to Cadom SA for district heating.

Photograph courtesy of Services Industriels de Genève
Posted 16 Nov 2005

Colombier
Location: Neuchatel
Operator: Vadec SA
Configuration: 1 X 6 MW CHP
Operation: 1993
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: SEU Schenkel
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Electrowatt
Quick facts: Two older and smaller steam sets at Colombier in Cottendart have been retired.

Photograph courtesy of SAIOD
Posted 27 May 2009

KVA Forsthaus West
Location: Bern
Operator: Energie Wasser Bern
Configuration: 1 X 18 MW CHP, 73-MW, 1+1 CCGT
Operation: 2012
Fuel: refuse, wood, natural gas
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Martin, Bertsch
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Electrowatt, KAM
Quick facts: In a first-of-a-kind application in Switzerland, the WTE plant is integrated with a small CCGT block. Steam from the WTE T/G set incinerator will be directed to the CCGT HRSG to generate additional power. This CHF 500mn project replaces an existing incinerator system.

Artist's impression courtesy of Energie Wasser Bern
Posted 27 Dec 2010

KVA Ibach
Location: Lucerne
Operator: REAL - Recycling, Entsorgung, Abwasser Luzern
Configuration: 1 X 6.7 MW CHP
Operation: 1971 (ret)
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Von Roll
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss
Quick facts: This plant was online for 43yrs until Jan 2015. It was replaced by the Renergia WTE facility. Throughput was about 90,000 tpy of MSW. In 1996, a CHF 74mn APC system was completed.

Photograph courtesy of REAL - Recycling, Entsorgung, Abwasser Luzern
Posted 12 Jun 2016

Kirchberg
Location: St-Gallen
Operator: Zweckverband Abfallverwertung Bazenheid
Configuration: 1 X 2.3 MW CHP
Operation: 1984
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: ??
T/G supplier: KKK
Quick facts: This facility serves 40 municipalities in Fürstenland, Toggenburg and Hinterthurgau with a population of about 167,000.

Photograph courtesy of Ecoling Partner AG
Posted 3 Dec 2006

Niederurnen
Location: Glarus
Operator: KVA Linthgebiet
Configuration: 1 X 5.1 MW, 1 X 7.3 MW CHP
Operation: 1984-1999
Fuel: refuse, sewage sludge
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: ABB
Quick facts: The first incinerator at KVA Linthgebiet went online in Nov 1973 and the second in 1984 serving 29 municipalities in Glarus, 16 in Schyyz, and 13 in St Gallen. In 2001, the first incinerator was replaced and the second refurbished. Annual throughput is about 115,000tpy. In Jun 2008, the company directors approved CHF 36mn of new projects including new shredders and balers and a new slag processing and metals recovery facility.

Photograph courtesy of KVA Linthgebiet
Posted 15 Oct 2008

Renergia
Location: Lucerne
Operator: Renergia Zentralschweiz AG
Configuration: 1 X 25 MW CHP
Operation: 2015
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: HZI
T/G supplier: Kanis
EPC: Ramboll, Fiedler Beck Ingenieure, Caliqua, Strabag
Quick facts: This 2-line project was developed with seven regional and local municipal waste groups and the adjacent therml host Perlen Papier AG. Production will be about 155 GWh/yr of electricity and 320 GWt delivered to the paper mill. The new WTE plant was permissioned in Nov 2011 and commissioned on 26 Jun 2015 after less than 3yrs of construction. The cost was about CHF 320mn.

Photograph courtesy of Renergia Zentralschweiz AG
Posted 8 May 2016

Saidef
Location: Fribourg
Operator: Saidef
Configuration: 1 X10 MW CHP
Operation: 1999
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Martin/LAB
Quick facts: The project is owned by several municipalities and cantonal governments plus power company FEW. TIRU and TBF Toscano-Bernardi-Frey AG were engineering consultants.

Photograph courtesy of Saidef
Posted 3 Aug 2005

KVA St Gallen
Location: St Gallen
Operator: Kehrichtheizkraftwerk St Gallen
Configuration: 1 X 5.75 MW
Operation: 1987
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: ABB
Quick facts: In 1994-98, the St Gallen plant was retrofit by Ecoling with new APC equipment. In 2005, the I&C equipment was overhauled by IBG.

Photograph courtesy of Stadt St Gallen
Posted 11 Aug 2010

Thurgau-Weinfelden
Location: Thurgau
Operator: Verband KVA Thurgau
Configuration: 1 X 7.5 MW (ret), 1 X 8 MW
Operation: 1996-2005
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: ABB, MAN
EPC: Caliqua
Quick facts: The KVA THurgaucompany is jointly-owned by 66 municipalites with about 200,000 inhabitants. Part of the steam is supplied to Thurpapier Model AG in Weinfelden and electricity is sold to EKT AG, the local power company. In the last reporting year, the 2-line Thurgau WTE plant processed a record 144,763t of MSW.

Photograph courtesy of Verband KVA Thurgau
Posted 10 Feb 2013

Tridel
Location: Vaud
Operator: Tridel SA
Configuration: 1 X 19 MW CHP
Operation: 1990-2003
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Von Roll
T/G supplier: DDIT
EPC: Von Roll, Caliqua
Quick facts: Tridel SA was established in Jun 1997 by three waste management companies, GEDREL (Lausanne, east and north of the Lausanne region), VALORSA (west of the Lausanne region, Gros de Vaud and west of the township, from Morges to the Vallée de Joux), and STRID (North Vaudois). Plant excavation for WTE plant began in Dec 2002 and concrete work began in 2004. The plant was handed over on 10 Jul 2006 at a total cost of CHF 358.7mn. The facility serves a population of about 500,000 and is connects to the Swiss mailine railway via a purpose-built 3.8km rail tunnel allowing for MSW delivery. The stack is 80m tall.

Photograph courtesy of Tridel SA
Posted 4 Nov 2013

Trimmis
Location: Graubunden
Operator: Gemeindeverband fur Abfallbeseitigung
Configuration: 1 X 5 MW, 1 X 7 MW
Operation: 1990-2003
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Enertech
T/G supplier: ABB, MAN
EPC: Caliqua
Quick facts: The Gevag WTE project started in 1968 when a group of 33 Bündner municipalities joined together to plan joint refuse disposal strategies. The first facilities at Trimmis went into operation in 1975, by which time there were 43 participants. In 1988, Gevag was formed and the number of towns in the association had gone to 63. The incinerator system was retrofit with a 5-MW steam set in 1990. A second line was added in 2003.

Photograph courtesy of Gemeinde Zizers
Posted 17 Jun 2009

Zuchwil
Location: Solothurn
Operator: KEBAG Kehrichtbeseitigungs-AG
Configuration: 1 X 10 MW, 1 x 1.8 MW CHP
Operation: 1983-1994
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Von Roll, Sulzer, Enertech
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, AEG
Quick Facts: The plant takes refuse from 215 municipalities in Berne and Solothurn cantons and counts 170 of the municipalities as shareholders. Steam is sold to a local paper plant and to EBAG, hot water is sold to two other firms, and electricity is supplied to AEK Energie AG.

Photograph courtesy of KEBAG Kehrichtbeseitigungs-AG
Posted 15 Sep 2005

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 12-Jun-2016

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