Electrical Business


Emerson to help Hitachi Zosen Inova make energy from waste

March 8, 2016 | By Renée Francoeur

March 8, 2016 – Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, says it will provide process automation technologies and services for current and future “waste-to-energy” projects of Hitachi Zosen Inova. 

Zurich-based Hitachi Zosen Inova specializes in thermal and biological treatment of municipal waste, and with experience on more than 600 projects worldwide, calls itself a leader in the generation of energy using waste as fuel.  

Under a global framework agreement, Emerson has been selected as a supplier responsible for providing automation technologies, including control and safety systems, predictive maintenance software, control valves and measurement devices, and services such as engineering, project management and lifecycle care.

The agreement formalizes the relationship between the two companies following a project at Perlen, near Lucerne, Switzerland. The $319 million (US) facility is set to produce 155,000 MWh of electricity per year, Emerson says, and will supply 320,000 MWh of steam to an adjacent paper mill.


Hitachi Zosen Inova supplied an advanced combustion system, boiler and flue gas treatment at the Perlen plant, while Emerson says it provided engineering, installation, commissioning, startup and servicing of over 600 critical measurement instruments.

“We are working in close collaboration with Emerson on a number of ongoing energy-from-waste installations,” said Douglas Else-Jack, head of supply management at Hitachi Zosen Inova. “The successful completion of the Perlen project demonstrates our confidence in Emerson’s expertise is fully justified.”

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