Best Coal-Fired project and Readers’ Choice Award winner: Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, owned by Dominion Virginia Power in Virginia

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

Dominion Virginia Power’s 585 MW Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center is a circulating fluidized bed boiler-based facility that uses a full suite of environmental controls, including baghouse, dry scrubber, selective non-catalytic reduction technology and activated carbon injection for mercury control. the plant burns coal, coal waste or gob; and biomass, with up to 20 percent of heat input that can come from wood chips. the CFB technology was built and supplied by Foster Wheeler.

The plant incorporates extensive water recycling, including the treatment of leachate from the solid waste storage facility for use in the dry scrubber and for ash wetting. Typical water usage is about one-tenth the amount used in a typical plant of the same size.

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