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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Resource Recovery Facility: Part III

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Kevin G. Rousseau

Covanta Pittsfield, LLC, Pittsfield, MA

Llewellyn E. Clark

Vicon Recovery Associates and Energy Answers Corporation, Pittsfield, MA

Paper No. NAWTEC20-7017, pp. 205-216; 12 pages
  • 20th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • 20th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • Portland, Maine, USA, April 23–25, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Materials and Energy Recovery Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4483-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper reviews the thirty year operating history of the Pittsfield Resource Recovery Facility with emphasis on the fifteen year period between 1996 and 2011. It is a sequel to previous papers published by the co-author in the 1982 and 1996 Proceedings of the ASME National Waste Processing Conferences. The first of these reported on the development of the project, waste disposal and steam sales contacts (Pittsfield, Vicon and Crane & Co.), the facility and equipment design, start-up and shakedown. The latter reported on the fifteen year history of operation from 1981–1996 which included a new air pollution control system and a new owner/operator (Energy Answers Corporation, EAC).

The author was Project Manager during the latter stages of Energy Answers ownership and is now the Facility Manager of Covanta Pittsfield, which was purchased by Covanta Energy in 2007. The Pittsfield facility is the oldest Covanta Waste to Energy plant operating with the Enercon modular furnace design with separate waste heat recovery boilers.

The following topics are discussed:

• Ownership of the Pittsfield Resource Recovery Facility and revised contracts.

• Process flow, temperature profile, and control system.

• Experience and modifications of Processing Equipment.

• Materials processed, steam generated, and availability of equipment.

• Residue management.

• Installation and utilization of atmospheric discharge turbine with 860 KW generator.

• Summary of Massachusetts DEP regulations and facility emissions.

The reader’s understanding will be enhanced by reviewing the two papers identified above published in the 1982 and 1996 ASME Proceedings.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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