From waste to energy

The site of BASF’s Coatings division in Münster-Hiltrup in the northwest of Germany covers 427,000 square meters of land. On the premises are a number of large-scale production units for the manufacture of paints, solvents and other chemicals. It also contains an impressive waste incinerator which turns potentially hazardous waste materials into energy that helps power the entire plant.
WASTE-TO-ENERGY (WTE) is a term used for facilities that burn waste in a furnace or boiler to generate heat, steam or electricity. The waste incinerator at BASF’s site in Münster contains an enormous rotating kiln, which operates at 900°C. All waste from the production, including chemical residues and other toxic pollutants, are burnt at this exceptionally high temperature. The heat generated during the incineration process is used to produce energy.

A switch to LED lighting
The waste incinerator at the Münster site is a towering structure located on the edge of the huge industrial plant. It is in operation 24 hours per day, every day. For safety reasons the facility must be well lit at all times. Recently the entire lighting solution was modernized:
The traditional fluorescent luminaires were replaced by 175 modern Glamox MIR LED luminaires. These powerful luminaires ensure that the waste incinerator is adequately lit 24/7, while using only a fraction of the energy consumed by conventional lighting products. It is estimated that the plant will save 50,000 kW per year on this installation alone, in comparison with the old solution.

MIR LED is a high quality industrial luminaire with powerful LED light sources which can handle production hall ceiling heights. Developed for areas with temperatures ranging from -30°C to +45°C, it is offered with a choice of painted or unpainted stainless steel housing and a selection of diffusers for different purposes. MIR LED has a very high IP-rating (ingress protection), which makes it virtually watertight and dust-proof.