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RDF and SRF makes a comeback as energy alternatives

Press Release, June 28th 2022

As the war in Europe continues, the pressing matter of identifying energy alternatives is soaring. A trend in the waste management market seem to indicate that the waste materials RDF (Refused Derived Fuel) and SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel) are making a comeback.

High-density RDF bale, using Orkel technology.

RDF and SRF are terms used when referring to processed waste for use in WtE (waste-to-energy) facilities or cement kilns for energy generation. Generally, the two materials are distinguished based on the amount of processing: SRF has undergone additional processing, leaving the material a higher and more consistent calorific value than RDF, ideal for use in incineration to reduce the amount of build-up and furnace down-time.

Orkel is currently experiencing a rise in the number of RDF and SRF inquiries. The questions often revolve around the baleability of these materials as plant managers seem to seek out efficient ways of transporting fluffy material.

Preventing the build-up of landfills.

Ideally, there should be applied a method to ensure simplified storage and cost-efficient transport to maximize profitability of RDF and SRF. Through comprehensive development processes, Orkel’s engineers found that high-density baling technology provides the sought-after characteristics of efficient storage and transport, assuming that the machine is specialized in handling small-fragmented material to prevent flyaway. Additionally, applying Orkel Telematics technology allows each customer to effortlessly scan each individual bale’s tag and view its content and place of origin. As a result, the high-density round bale is easy to label and sell independently, assuring that a WtE facility can purchase the required amount of material to keep their operations running.

Despite the logistical challenges, it is exciting to witness how the waste management industry is breathing new life into waste materials due to the rising oil prices. We look forward to following the market journey further.

For more insight into Orkel technology, check out the video below