E-Wood uses wood waste that is not suitable for recycling, uncontaminated treated wood waste (B-wood), as fuel for green energy. This wood waste comes primarily from Belgium, but also from the surrounding countries.
Biomass, for which trees are felled, is not used. The following waste wood can be treated in the facility:
- treated wood waste which is uncontaminated, but is not suitable for recycling
- contaminated treated wood waste
- screen overflow from green composting
- the woody fraction from green waste: woody material which is separated prior to composting.
With E-Wood, Veolia and Indaver are strengthening their position in waste treatment. Through this investment, both partners are becoming less dependent on the fluctuations of the market and they can offer their customers a stable solution, both for the reduction of wood waste and the continuity of energy provision.
Furthermore, by treating uncontaminated treated wood selectively in the E-Wood facility, Veolia and Indaver are fulfilling the needs of the Flemish and European energy policy for a higher percentage of energy to come from renewable sources. Furthermore, the green electricity will sensitively reduce the electricity buyers’ ecological footprint.
The wood waste is stored and treated in a covered hall. The material is broken down in a preliminary-treatment plant by a shredder.
E-Wood uses fluidized bed technology to treat the wood waste thermally. The facility uses intensive flue gas cleaning. The heat that comes from the thermal treatment is recovered in a steam boiler. A turbine generator converts the steam into electricity which it supplies to the Flemish electricity grid as green electricity.