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Hera's waste-to-energy plants welcome over 2,600 visitors in 2011

You can get to know your waste. Last year, Hera Group's six waste-to-energy plants were visited by 2,651 people, who saw up close how these plants work by discovering the journey that mixed waste makes to be transformed into energy. Hera offers everyone the opportunity to do the same via a busy timetable of guided tours, launched over two years ago, making the waste-to-energy plants and their complex, cutting-edge technology accessible to curious individuals.

In addition to private individuals and school groups, the visitors who booked in 2011 included a number of delegations from foreign companies and government representatives from Spain, South Africa and Brazil, as well as scientific researchers. In Granarolo dell’Emilia (BO), the Frullo plant opened its doors on 70 days of the year and received 891 visitors, accounting for almost one third of all visits to Hera's plants.

There has also been strong interest in waste-to-energy technology online: the addresswww.gruppohera.it/termovalorizzatori, as well as the web pages dedicated to the plants in Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, Forlì, Ravenna and Coriano, received more than 26,000 clicks in 2011. This space, which is entirely dedicated to waste-to-energy plants, enables users to become familiar with how the plants work through videos and to monitor in real time emissions of substances such as carbon monoxide and dust particles, province by province, and compare them with the limits set by law. The page dedicated to the Granarolo plant that lists this information received 1,300 unique visits in 2011.

Booking a guided tour of a Hera waste-to-energy plant is easy: simply click on www.gruppohera.it/visite_guidateand select one of the available dates. At the Frullo plant there is a special visitor tour guided by Hera staff, which explains the individual phases of the waste journey. The various stages, illustrated using large boards, begin in the storage pit, where the large collection lorries unload, then continue in the heart of the plant, where the waste is burned to transform it into energy, before finishing up in the control room.

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