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A First in Europe; Producing Hydrogen from Waste to Recharge Clean Cars – FuelCellsWorks

  • A waste to energy plant in Créteil (France): SMITDUVM selects SUEZ, in partnership with TIRU, for 20-year construction and operation contract

The Syndicat Mixte Intercommunal of Val-de-Marne Urban Waste Treatment (SMITDUVM) has awarded SUEZ, in partnership with TIRU, and through their dedicated company Valo’Marne1, a contract to build and operate Créteil’s waste to energy plant. The 20-year contract is worth about 900 million euros.

The new contract includes numerous innovations to help improve the energy mix, boost the plant’s environmental performance, and develop the region’s circular and inclusive economy. Within the next three years, the waste to energy plant will also be equipped with the industry’s latest smart technologies.

An innovative facility producing several types of energy

The project includes an increase in the plant’s energy from waste production capacity, on one hand to extend Créteil’s heating network starting in 2020, and on the other hand to supply SMITDUVM’s municipalities with green electricity for the same price as normal electricity.

Working in partnership with TIRU, SUEZ will also provide concrete solutions to meet citizens’ expectations in terms of reducing environmental footprint and improving air quality by:

  • using a transfer station at Champigny-sur-Marne to improve collection vehicle flow and reduce the associated carbon footprint;
  • producing hydrogen from waste to recharge clean cars – a first in Europe;
  • reducing NOx emissions to less than 50 mg/Nm3;
  • installing a pilot carbon sink to capture CO2 using microalgae.

Valo’Marne, an energy hub based on the circular and inclusive economy

SUEZ pledges to boost local employment and social inclusion by working alongside local stakeholders, particularly thanks to Maison pour Rebondir Grand Paris / Val-de-Marne, the social innovation and employment laboratory founded by SUEZ.

A project to build a 4,500 m2 urban agriculture greenhouse to grow tomatoes using heat produced from the waste to energy plant, then sell them through local distribution channels, will create six new jobs.

An innovative and informative exhibition focusing on the circular economy will also be set up at the facility, paving the way towards a sustainable development education in urban environments, within the Greater Paris region.

Partners committed to a sustainable region

To Pierre De Montlivault, CEO of TIRU “the site of the SMITDUVM is a perfect illustration of the future of household waste recovery sector. Valo’Marne implements everything that has been imagined more virtuous. ”

According to Philippe Maillard, CEO of Recycling & Recovery France, this project is a shining example for the Paris region. “SUEZ has mobilised all its energy, creativity and expertise to provide SMITDUVM with innovative, efficient and farsighted solutions. I am certain that, together, we can make this plant a reference within the Ile-de-France region, in terms of its contribution to the circular economy.”

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