Performance, Reliability and Emissions Reduction in Waste Incinerators.

The Mission of the PREWIN European Network is to support progress towards improved performance and reliability of European Waste-to-Energy plants (incineration and co-incineration) while maintaining low or reduced emissions to the environment.

What is being organised?

General meetings

Twice a year there will be held a meeting at an interesting location in Europe. A plant visit is always part of the meeting, which typically is joined by 140+ participants. During this one and a half day, members of the network or guest speakers will present their experiences on a specific topic.

The main areas for future meetings are based upon questionnaires which roughly once in three years is distributed under the participants. Some of the topics of the last years were.

  • High-efficiency Waste–to-Energy plants
  • Maintenance
  • Availability
  • Corrosion and Materials
  • Plant condition/emission monitoring methods
  • Better materials and better informed selection of materials for critical applications

Examples of meeting agendas can be found here:

Agenda Prewin meeting Naples Nov 2019.pdf

Agenda Prewin meeting Bilbao July 2019.pdf

Agenda Prewin meeting Turin November 2018

Agenda Prewin meeting Bydgoszcz June 2018

Agenda Prewin meeting Wesel Nov 2017.pdf



Benchmark studies 


At the meeting in Prague, June 2016, results were presented of a benchmark study on the availability of WtE plants. Data from 208 lines processing 2750 tonnes of waste per hour has been gathered. Results from availability, unplanned outage and overall equipment effectiveness are available. Further it shows clearly different maintenance strategies (time between planned stops and length of planned).

In spring 2019 this survey has been updated. Data from 248 lines were collected. Results from availability, unplanned outage , length of stops are available as function of e.g. capacity, thermal load.

Maintenance costs

In 2017 a survey on maintenance costs was conducted. The results were shared among the operators who completed the survey. In 2020 this survey has been updated.

Unplanned shutdown classification

In 2018 a survey on unplanned shutdown classification was conducted. The results were shared among the operators who completed the survey.


A maintenance working group has been created. This working group which comprises maintenance engineers from operators is exchanging experiences during one day workshop meetings. The working  group gathers twice per year. In 2020 a process engineering workin ggroup has been started

 Waste to Energy Course

The following 5 courses were orginal developed within Prewin. In parentheses the different companies who will organise the training:

  • Waste to Energy General Introduction (DEG Consult)
  • WTE from a Chemical Engineer’s perspective (DEG Consult, CHEMIN)
  • Corrosion detection and protection in waste to energy plants (HERZOG INSPEKTION,CHEMIN)
  • WtE in the Circular Economy, towards Waste-to-Energy-and-Materials (KU Leuven)
  • Process Water Chemistry (BlueXPRT, ENGIE Laborelec

More informaton can be found directly at the website of the organisng companies