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(September 21–25, 2005)

Feng Yansu

Solar Energy Transportation Traffic Light

Jan van der Woning

Afval Energie Bedrijf or Waste and Energy Company

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

September 23, 6.35 UTC (7.45 Local Time)

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The reason I chose this object is because it produces sustainable energy! Waste from the city of Amsterdam is energy for Amsterdam. The trams and metro drive, on thrown away rubbish. And all the street lights burn thanks to waste. Because most of the household waste is incinerated and the energy it produces is transformed to electricity. That is sustainable energy. In contrary to energy from coal, oil or natural gas. The use of sustainable energy contributes in a positive way by reducing the emission of Carbon Dioxide by 351,000 tonnes. The sustainable electricity the AEB supplied was enough to power more then 150,000 typical Amsterdam households. (527,551 MWh)

Even the rest heat of the plant is used for heating and warm water for companies in the vicinity and in the future for 15,000 homes so more then 50,000 residents of Amsterdam will be able to warm themselves from the waste that they have thrown out.

And future plans incorporate the building of the world's first high-yield Waste Fired Power Plant a fifth generation of Waste to Energy Plants that will be ready in 2006. One of the things that are already partly realised is the use of slurry and bio-gas from the adjacent sewage waste works.

About a quarter of the waste does not burn and leaves the oven as slag or bottomash. That is reprocessed in the Recovery Plant also on the premises and here iron, aluminium and copper are separated and reused. The rest material can be used as building material and roadfilling.

The AEB wants to be the best in environmental performance in Europe and play an important role in the World Wide Waste Market. See their anual report at http://www.afvalenergiebedrijf.nl/clients/gda/gda_web.nsf/v01013/ZZ0_02000000_Energie?OpenDocument (click at News and Annual Report).
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