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Dong Energy launches REnescience

Dong Energy’s REnescience technology, which separates municipal solid waste into valuable fractions, is ready for launch. It follows 10,000 hours of reliable service at its demonstration plant on the island of Amager, near Copenhagen in Denmark.

Unsorted MSW is wetted and warmed to temperatures appropriate for enzymatic hydrolysis. Biodegradable materials are liquefied, which permits easy separation of non-degradable solids.

Thomas Dalsgaard, executive vice president said: “The REnescience technology has been in the pipeline since 2004 and is now ready to be launched on the markets at a point in time when large parts of the world start to consider waste as a resource.”

The company says it is in talks with several business partners in Denmark and abroad to build a full-scale REnescience plant, with a preference for building the first plant in Denmark.

Dalsgaard said: “We’re experiencing a growing interest in the Netherlands and the UK, but also in China, the USA and the Middle East, there is an interest and a market potential for this technology.”

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