30 June 2020 by James Langley

Geminor to provide ‘low CO2’ RDF to Danish plant

Norwegian waste fuel specialist Geminor has won a contract to provide 30,000 tonnes a year of “low CO2” refuse derived fuel (RDF) to a Danish waste-to-energy company.

Amager Resource Centre (ARC) will receive the RDF at Copenhill, the company’s combined heat and power plant in Copenhagen.

ARC’s idiosyncratic Copenhill plant is known for the artificial alpine ski slope on its roof

Kasper Thomsen, Geminor’s country manager in Denmark, said: “ARC sets the standard by burning more low fossil CO2 waste fuels in Denmark.

“This fuel is based on residual waste consisting of waste streams with high biogenic content as wood, paper, cardboard and textiles, but with a limited content of waste plastics.

“Hence, this ‘green waste’ is by definition non-recyclable and classified as RDF.”

Copenhill provides electricity and district heating to an estimated 150,000 households in the greater Copenhagen area.

The facility is known for its unique design, as it has an artificial alpine ski slope on the roof of the plant building.

Andusia

In December 2019, ARC signed a contract with British RDF specialist Andusia to supply the company with 15,000 tonnes per year of ‘plastic reduced’ RDF at its Copenhagen facility (see letsrecycle.com story).

Plastic reduced RDF, once known in the industry as ‘just RDF’, is also referred to as low carbon waste (LCW).

Denmark

Geminor says most of its low CO2 RDF is processed in northern Germany. The company says it is also developing custom made waste streams in other European countries.

Kasper Thomsen is Geminor’s country manager in Denmark

Mr Thomsen says the green waste used to make RDF is different to that used for biomass feedstock, with no competition arising from its use.

He said: “This project has so far given us valuable experience regarding waste compositions and quality of RDF fuels.

“We believe this trend will continue in Denmark and potentially other markets, and we are ready to develop more waste streams to meet the demand of CO2 reductions in the waste sector.”

In May, Geminor began supplying low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plastic to Quantafuel’s newly opened factory in Skive, Denmark, for chemical recycling (see letsrecycle.com story).

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