Discover how heat from a rubbish tip is being used to heat and cool homes through ‘absorption cooling’

The Spittelau waste to energy plant in Austria
Absorption cooling is used in the Spittelau waste to energy plant in Austria (Image credit: Getty Images)

It seems burning rubbish could be the future to keeping our houses warm (and cool) as a waste incinerator plant in Vienna, Austria, is doing just that.

The plant uses the heat it generates to power district cooling  – where towns and cities are serviced by large and energy-efficient central air conditioning systems.

Sam Webb

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