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Spittelau waste-to-energy plant
The Spittelau waste-to-energy plant, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, will be completely revamped by 2015.
Spittelau – a Viennese landmark
The Spittelau waste incineration plant processes around 250,000 tonnes of household waste every year. The plant in the 9th district produces approximately:
- 120,000 MWh of electricity
- 500,000 MWh of district heating
- 6,000 tonnes of scrap iron
- 60,000 tonnes of clinker, ash and filter cake
The environmentally friendly heating produced at Spittelau is enough to heat more than 60,000 households in Vienna in a year.
Hundertwasser’s work of art
The Spittelau plant was built between 1969 and 1971; in 1987 a fire destroyed major sections of the waste incineration plant. Instead of tearing down the plant, it was rebuilt on the same site. There were two main reasons in favour of this course of action:
- The entire district heating technology was present at Spittelau.
- The waste was burned exactly where it was being generated – in the middle of the city.
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The building was finished in 1992. Its colourful façade, the golden ball on the chimney, roof greenery and planted trees have made the new Spittelau unmistakable and a Viennese landmark on a par with St Stephen’s cathedral and the Riesenrad Ferris wheel.
What hides behind the colourful façade
The waste brought to the plant is first weighed by a platform scale and stored in a waste hopper approximately 7,000 m3 in size. A gripper arm takes the refuse to the two waste furnaces, where it is then incinerated.
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Having been in operation for more than 40 years, the plant has become outdated. The current modernisation work under way, which encompasses virtually every aspect of the plant, signals the beginning of a new era for this Viennese landmark.
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The art of logistics
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Important parts of the famous Hundertwasser façade have been or will be stored elsewhere temporarily for the renovation work and mounted again afterwards.
Certified quality for our customers
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Since spring 2009, all heat generating plants operated by Wien Energie, including the Spittelau thermal waste treatment plant, have been certified in line with standards for quality (ISO 9001), occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001) and the environment (ISO 14001 and EMAS III).