Climate protection on industrial sites
Refuse derived fuels in industrial power plants help to save CO2
Power plants on industrial sites can reduce the owner's costs for power, steam or heat production. Onsite power stations also help to prevent CO2 emissions if fossil feedstocks are substituted with refuse derived fuels (RDF). At the 'waste to energy' on May 9 to 10, 2007 in the Bremen Convention Center, experts from Germany and abroad provide in-depth information on this subject. The exhibition and conference is the leading European forum on energy recovery from waste and biomass.
Industrial power plants help to dispose of waste materials which are used as refuse derived fuels, for example in the chemical industry. Another benefit for the plant operator is the additional payment he can collect when receiving the RDF from a waste company. Whether the investment for an RDF plant pays off depends on the amount of the payment, the longevity of supply contracts, and the previous energy costs.
But not fuels are the same. This is made clear in the paper presented by Andreas Habel from the German Association of Substitute Fuels and Waste Management (bvse). Refuse derived fuels need to meet certain quality standards, depending on the type of plant. 'In public discussion the use of substitute fuels is often talked about in a defamatory way as a cover up for waste incineration, or as an easy total solution for unspecific waste streams', states Habel. 'This is clearly not the case. The co-firing of high quality substitute fuels today is a means for sustainability, and helps to protect primary energy resources and save landfill capacities.'
The aspects which have an impact on the investment for an industrial power plant are outlined by Dr. Bart Adams from the Belgium-based plant manufacturer KeppelSeghers. According to Adams the requirement to treat residues in a sustainable way resulted in a demand for options to utilize residential waste, specifically as RDF. In his presentation he sheds a light on the complete process, from the planning and design of the plant to its operation. Dr. Peter Ramharter from Kalogeo GmbH in Austria discusses the requirements to small, decentralized units that rely on refuse derived fuels. In his view, the co-firing RDF is the safest and cleanest method to dispose of waste and create added value at the same time. How the residue streams make it from the waste management company to the energy producer is explained by Björn Klippel from TIM Consult. He focuses on transportation by railway. 'Energy recovery from waste and biomass changes the logistical structures in the waste industry and creates potential for railway-bases logistics', says Klippel.
'waste to energy' is held for the third time on May 9 to 10 at the Bremen Convention Center. More than 60 presentations provide information on waste as a resource, as well as on the production and use of bioenergies. The exhibition features more than 100 exhibitors who are showcasing the latest technologies, plant design, and solutions to save cost and optimize operations.
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