Cranes in waste to energy

Cranes play a crucial role in modern incineration plants, where tight environmental management guidelines are applied. It is important that material-handling systems continuously perform at maximum efficiency from the arrival of waste to separation to incineration.

Typically, there are two waste-handling cranes above the waste pit, one of which is a backup. The primary crane undertakes the main operating functions while the other is being serviced. The waste-handling crane stacks and mixes waste in a bunker and loads it into a feeding hopper.

The slag-handling crane loads slag into disposal trucks. A turbine hall crane can help manipulate steam turbines as required, and a SMARTON® crane, jib crane or another more conventional crane or hoist can help perform maintenance activities.

If cranes stop, the process is crippled, and production stops. The key factors when specifying waste-to energy lifting needs are the total burning capacity of a facility’s incinerators, the layout of handling areas, the type of waste being processed and total waste receiving and processing time.