Students of the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Wien Energy
Upon initiative of company Miteco Kneževac, one of the leading companies in Serbia in the field of industrial and hazardous waste management, in cooperation with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences , student competition in the solving of case studies on topic "Managing historical hazardous waste in the Republic of Serbia" was successfully completed.
The winning team won a three-day long trip to Vienna, where the students had the opportunity to become familiar with the work of waste treatment plant Wien Energy. Students visited the most advanced plants for incineration of communal and hazardous waste and learned about the manner in which the city of Vienna is supplied with heat.
In these plants, the city of Vienna disposes around 500,000 tons of communal waste per year, which does not end up in a landfill, but is used to produce heat and electric power, in the manner that is completely environmentally safe. The benefits from the operation of these plants are multifold, for the city, citizens, and for the company Wien Energy.
On the first day of their visit to the plants of Wien Energy, the students visited the incinerator in Simmeringer Haide, where almost 200,000 tons of hazardous and communal waste is disposed annually. It is interesting that the produced heat is used for the heating of homes and institutions in the city of Vienna (470,000 MWh), i.e. for production of electric power of 55,000 MWh. After visiting the plants in Simmeringer Haide, the students had the opportunity to se and become familiar with the work of the state of the art plant – incinerator Pfaffenau, which is located in immediate vicinity of the main plant in Simmeringer Haide. Incinerator Pfaffenau incinerates around 250,000 tons of communal waste per year from the southeastern part of the city of Vienna. It produces electric power for 50,000 households and heat for the heating of 25,000 households.
During the visit to the plants, the hosts tried to present to the students, through history and a short film, the significance of these plants and the specific benefits the citizens have from them.
On the second day of the visit, the students visited the famous waste incineration plant Spittelau, which is located in the city centre. This plant is a unique architectural work of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and is one of 10 most important landmarks of the city of Vienna. Spittelau processes around 250,000 tons of communal waste per year, producing 40,000 MWh of electric power and 470,000 MWh of heat for the heating of institutions and households.