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 100+ 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:




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).

Maintenance costs

In 2017 a survey on maintenance costs was conducted. The results were shared among the operators who completed the survey.