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Specialist RDF showcase gets the debate flowing

31 January 2012

Dedicated to giving customers a first-hand insight into the world of UNTHA at every possible opportunity, the door is always open at the shredding technology experts’ Austrian HQ.

But the team took this one step further earlier this month when they held a specialist RDF showcase at their client Brown Recycling’s plant in Stoke-on-Trent.

Here, head of sales and business development Peter Streinik explains the reasons behind this invitation-only event, and gives WtE a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into what went on.
“Over the past few years, we’ve heard more and more about the potential for Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to flourish in the UK.

With stringent landfill diversion targets looming and with landfill taxes set to rise, the benefits associated with turning today’s rubbish into tomorrow’s fuel are vast.
“Because we design, engineer and manufacture innovative waste shredders for a variety of applications, we are incredibly aware of the role that technology has to play in turning ideas into realities.
Our pioneering TR shredder for example was praised when launched in the UK in 2009. This high-performance technology boasts numerous examples of heightened operator and plant efficiencies – including simplicity of operation and maintenance, foreign object detection, greater throughput, increased uptime and an energy-saving drive system – which all amounts to an attractive return on investment for the user.

It’s safe to say that this secondary shredder has changed the way that companies can process SRF and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) substances, and our clients have been reaping the benefits ever since.
“So we decided to invite some of our key clients and partners along to the Browns hub, so that they could see an advanced SRF processing method in action. Browns pre-sort MSW and C&I waste in order to generate an income stream from recovered recyclables, before a XR2000S pre-shredder and TR3200 swing into action along with sophisticated conveyors, magnets and windshifters.

Heavy metals and aggregates are extracted as the waste progresses through this robust and systematic plant, and in only three minutes Brown Recycling have created a product that they could consider selling for incineration in power stations to be burnt for energy.
“This reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfill, and could create an additional source of revenue for Brown Recycling. Plus the cost, time and energy savings they’ve recouped as a result of using the TR instead of similar machinery, means that the financial benefits are multi-faceted.

“This event allowed our clients to get ‘up close and personal’ with UNTHA technology. We weren’t demonstrating the shredders’ functionality in the comfortable and controlled surroundings of a testing centre; instead we were putting the machines through their paces in a very real waste management environment.

Brown Recycling’s knowledge and first-hand experience of operating, maintaining and managing the plant gave visitors an unparalleled insight into how the flexible technology could be configured to meet their own particular requirements. The presence of UNTHA’s senior designers and engineers meant that very specific technical queries could be raised and answered, and the open and honest format of the whole showcase meant that conversation and debate surrounding SRF could flow freely.
“The topic of SRF and RDF is very exciting – the fact that this showcase attracted visitors from the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Poland, shows perhaps just how exciting.”

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