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A Chronology of the Nashville Tennessee Incinerator with Heat Recovery and the Compatible Central Heating and Cooling Facility MAURICE J WILSON I C Thomasson Associates 1 nco Nashville Tennessee The so called energy crisis is not a crisis of fuel deple tion as much as a crisis of rapidly rising costs The crisis in energy follows our life style It is not the high cost of living it is the cost of high living We have misused some of our fossil fuels during the past 100 years with the result that certain nonrenewable resources will be exhausted in the next few decades How ever since we are beginning to face the situation realisti cally it is to be hoped that new sources of energy may be found and that instead of a decline in our conveniences we may continue to enjoy increasingly high living stan dards Conceivably by the year 2 000 we may have learned how to tame the sun s energy and to perfect hydrogen fusion Already we have learned that solid waste may be con verted into a useful commodity that it may be an asset instead of a liability that we may get cash for trash A thermal plant to achieve this very goal is nearing com pletion in Nashville Tennessee Solid waste is being generated at an ever increasing rate The heat energy in the replaceable resources component of our solid waste increases each year Projections for 1975 indicate the daily per capita disposal rate for resi dential and commercial wastes will be approximately 5 5 pounds and the heat content 4 650 Btu s per pound an increasing source of heat energy The Nashville project was originally conceived in 1969 as a fossil fuel fired central heating and cooling plant the construction of which would be interfaced with the Urban Renewal Program of The Nashville Housing Authority The facility would serve in the central business district the metropolitan government office buildings state office buildings and privately owned buildings such as com mercial offices stores banks motels and hotels Central plants can



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