Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture
Covanta Honolulu, known locally as the HPOWER facility, began commercial operation in May 1990 and is owned by the City and County of Honolulu. HPOWER stands for Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery. Covanta acquired the operating contract in 1993. Located on the island of Oahu, the facility serves the municipal waste disposal needs of more than 850,000 residents and more than six million visitors to the island each year. The facility processes up to 3,000 tons per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 90 megawatts of energy for Hawaiian Electric Company—enough to meet nearly 8 percent of Oahu's energy needs. HPOWER also recovers thousands of tons of ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (aluminum alloy) metal for recycling each year.
In 2012, the facility completed a 900 ton-per-day expansion of the existing facility. The expansion included the addition of a third combustor unit, turbine/generator and associated air pollution control equipment. The project was recently featured in Power Magazine.
In 2007, the facility was designated as a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Facility. In 2008, HPOWER was awarded First Place-Excellence in Safety and Health by the American Society of Safety Engineers and Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health.
Watch a CNN report about how HPOWER helps preserve marine habitats on Oahu
91-174 Hanua Street
Kapolei, HI 96707
28 acres in Campbell Industrial Park, Kapolei, Hawaii
(Covanta acquired the operating contract in 1993 from Combustion Engineering/ABB)
Two 854 ton-per-day RDF waterwall furnace/boilers with CE traveling grates; waste processing–two RDF processing lines each rated at nominal 100 tons per hour and one 900 ton-per-day waterwall furnace with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system
900 psig/830°F superheater outlet conditions
Air Pollution Control Equipment:
Semi-dry flue gas scrubbers injecting lime, reverse air fabric filter bag houses, and continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) system
Rated Refuse Capacity:
3,000 tons per day
Energy Generation @ Rated Capacity:
Up to 90 megawatts
Hawaiian Electric Company