The technology to be used at Malpils can use biomass or residual non-recyclable carbonaceous wastes.
The plant will operate very efficiently with recovery of energy through electrical power generation and heat for local district heating and industry.
The technology achieves very high emission standards which are substantially better than that from a conventional biomass boiler and well within European Union permitted emission levels.
Latvia has ample forest and biomass resources which can be used as a source of green energy through the plant.
Latvia also has a waste problem. Usually about 70% of wastes are biodegradable and equivalent to biomass. The balance is inert materials and materials derived from fossil fuels. Latvia is committed to reducing landfill to 10% of arisings by 2030 and small sale waste to energy plants, such as that proposed for Malpils, will help meet and surpass this target.
The project at Malpils, when fully operational, will process some 15,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste carbonaceous wastes per year, primarily fuel in the form of solid recovered fuel from municipal solid wastes, generating 2MWe for sale to the grid and 5 MWth for sale to the local district heating scheme and local industries.