Fincanteri has designed “Plasmare” – a project to construct a seaborne plant for the treatment of solid municipal waste, through its centre for applied research Cetena (Centre for Advanced Studies into Naval Technologies).
The project was unveiled last week at the University of Naples.
Present at the event were the Undersecretary of the Ministry for the Economy and Finance Bruno Cesario, the President of Campania Region Stefano Caldoro, the President of the Province of Naples Luigi Cesaro, the mayor of Castellammare di Stabia Luigi Bobbio, the Rector of the University Massimo Marrelli, the Dean of the Faculty of Economy Achille Basile and the Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Giuseppe Bono.
During the meeting Fincantieri announced that the company wished to create a new product line and illustrated the technological solutions which, via Cetena, is currently studying: floating platforms with plant for the production of fuel from waste thereby recovering energy, ships for the transport of solid municipal waste collected from islands or other areas poor road infrastructure, and ships with plant to sort waste and produce fuel from waste to be transferred from port to port.
The “Plasmare” project, which is at an advanced stage, provides the construction of two floating platforms – which are not self-propelled – to be positioned in “protected” waters: the first would receive solid municipal waste and produce fuel from waste (treatment of approximately 400 tons a day of solid municipal waste), while the second would have a gasification system for the same product by using plasma technology which can recover energy from the synthesis gas.
As the plant technologies used are at different stages of development a modular approach has been suggested for the project with construction of the platform for the production of fuel from waste in the near future followed by a second stage when the platform with the plasma plant will be added as this requires a longer time frame to set up.
These technologically advanced platforms would exploit space available at sea thus helping decongest areas on shore now used for landfills which are often in limited supply and entail serious logistical problems.
The project is an environmentally friendly solution to the problem of waste and offers clear advantages: virtually zero solid and gaseous polluting emissions, short construction time scales, contained, fixed construction and operating costs alongside limited impact on the territory since the plant can be located in disused port areas.
Finally, given the current severe crisis in the shipbuilding industry, building the platforms would bring welcome relief and lead to substantial employment opportunities both in plant construction and operation.