RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) is made from domestic waste which includes biodegradable material as well as plastics, and has a lower calorific value than SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel).
RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) is used in combined heat and power facilities, many of them in Europe where they produce electricity and hot water for communal heating systems in the local area.
Compared to landfilling, the lower carbon emissions resulting from RDF manufacture outweigh the emissions associated with transporting the reclaimed fuel.
The increasing importance of Waste to Energy/RDF
Waste to energy conversion is an increasingly recognised approach to resolving two issues:
- waste management and
- sustainable energy.
Waste represents an increasingly important fuel source. Using waste as fuel can have important environmental benefits. It can not only provide a safe and cost-effective way of waste disposal but can also help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
How does Waste to Energy work?
- When waste is incinerated in large amounts, the heat energy can be recycled and used to heat factories, hospitals and other large buildings.
- Alternatively, the heat can be used to generate electricity.
- This is done by using the steam created by combustion to drive a steam turbine.
- Waste-derived fuel (WDF) can also be burnt in boilers as an alternative to coal.
- Any energy that is recovered from biological waste can be regarded as renewable as it comes from plant material (either directly, or in the case of animal waste, paper or card, indirectly).
- As plants grow they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- When biomass is used as fuel, this carbon dioxide is returned to the atmosphere, making the process carbon neutral.
If you have a product/service enquiry or if you are looking to invest in a new piece of waste machinery, please contact us and a member of the M&K team will contact ASAP.
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Galbally, Dungannon, Co Tyrone