The Redcar Energy Centre is now open for waste fuel supply enquiries from Local Authorites and Waste Management companies as well as the aggregators in the market.
The plant will have a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) on the front end to process and manufacture various waste feedstocks into fuel for both the on-site WtE plant and produce RDF / SRF for export. Any useful materials that can be extracted for recycling will be done so at this point, with the residual waste used for fuel.
This will enable the plant to take in a wide range of feedstock waste streams for the manufacturing of refuse derived fuels.
The waste heat from the WtE plant will be utilised in The MRF by using hot air in specifically designed tunnels to dry wet waste streams to make them far more suitable for use in manufacturing reuse derived fuels.
The extra storage in the MRF will provide much need flexibility in the supply chain for fuel and waste supplies for contracted material in the case of scheduled or un-planned outages of the EfW or fuel manufacturing plant.
The feedstock waste will come from a variety of sources:
• MSW direct from Local Authorities and other waste management companies.
• Commercial and Industrial waste from other Waste management companies.
• Processed RDF from other Waste Management facilities.
PMAC Energy will have a capability to procure and supply consistent, quality, feedstocks in both short and long-term contracts to suit our customers, who will be primarily Local Authorities and Waste Management Companies.
Waste plastics contribute to serious environmental and social problems, such as the loss of natural resources, environmental pollution, and depletion of landfill space. Our energy recovery of scrap polymers by thermal methods is well known and environmentally accepted. As plastic becomes a smaller percentage in our waste stream, the PMAC Energy technology will be able to process the lower calorific value of the waste in the future.
Around the globe, environmental, regulatory and economic drivers are, to varying degrees, forcing waste operators to seek alternatives to the traditional method of landfill disposal.
In the UK, the Landfill Tax escalator continues to force waste operators to seek alternatives to landfill, leaving significant quantities of non-recyclable residual municipal and commercial and industrial waste that could be used as feedstock for waste to energy plants.
The reduction in UK landfill capacity, combined with the shortage of waste treatment infrastructure has helped to establish UK RDF export market over 3.2 million tonnes per annum in 2018. However this has dropped to 1.85 million tonnes in the latest figures adding to the amount of residual waste in the UK. The Chinese have also halted all imports of waste paper and plastics also adding to the amount of waste unable to be recycled.
The landmark Paris climate change agreement presents significant international growth opportunities for technologies offering a sustainable and cost-effective method of recovering renewable energy and other valuable materials from waste.