Powerday has announced it is now producing solid recovered fuel (SRF) after completing a £2m upgrade to its materials recycling facility at Old Oak Sidlings in West London.
Following on from initial testing, the London-based construction and commercial waste firm notes that 2,000 tonnes of SRF was produced and exported from the site in November.
Powerday said it currently produces around 100,000 tonnes annually of ‘high quality’ refuse derived fuel (RDF). The addition of the new production facility, which incorporates a Lindner Komet shredder, baler and cross wrapper, will “boost production capacity” and allow Powerday to contribute to the emerging market for SRF, the company says.
SRF will be exported for use in the cement industry as a replacement for fossil fuels. Environment Agency records show that the company currently exports around 1,800 tonnes of RDF per month to Germany for processing.
Due to undergoing additional processing, SRF has a higher calorific value and hits other key specification markers compared to RDF. This allows it to be more sustainable and cost effective than the fossil fuels it replaces, Powerday says.
In recent years, SRF exports have increased from 42,000 tonnes in 2016 to 186,000 in 2017, according to Powerday.
Simon Little, sales & marketing director, Powerday commented: “It is very satisfying to again have invested in upgrading our plant capability and capacity with the resulting materials being valued and sought after in the market. As a premier operator of plant of this type, our clients expect us to always be improving our processing and giving the best possible environmental outcomes at a competitive price. This upgrade does exactly that.
“We have already attracted considerable interest in this fuel from around the world and we will be working with suppliers in the coming weeks and months to secure long term supply contracts.”Simon Little
“We have already attracted considerable interest in this fuel from around the world and we will be working with suppliers in the coming weeks and months to secure long term supply contracts.”
Along with the Willesden Junction site, Powerday operates a second MRF in Enfield. Combined, these MRFs are licensed to process just under two million tonnes of waste each year. Willesden Junction site can receive and move out materials by canal, rail or road.
Earlier this year, Powerday announced that its Enfield MRF would be switching to opening 24 hours a day (see letsrecycle.com story).