Belgium landfill to be mined in pioneering venture

The world's first hi-tech landfill mining project has been given the go-ahead in Belgium where gasification and plasma technology will be combined to extract materials and energy from buried waste.

Advanced Plasma Power (APP) and global waste management firm Group Machiels have set up a joint venture to carry out the ‘closing the circle’ project at the Remo Milieubeheer NV landfill site in Houthalen-Hechteren, Belgium.

More than 16 million tonnes of waste is currently stored the landfill and it is estimated that 45% of this can be recycled as material, with the residue processed through APP’s Gasplasma(R) technology.

An energy plant will be constructed on-site using up to five Gasplasma(R) units, with a net electrical power of 75-100MW. The energy produced will be fed into the national electricity grid in Flanders.

The Gasplasma(R) process is a gasification and plasma conversion technology that converts the waste stream into a clean hydrogen-rich syngas and a vitrified recyclate product called Plasmarok(R) that can be used as a building material or replacement aggregate.

Maxine Perella

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie