Processed Engineered Fuel
Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) is a practical and sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuels in cement kilns. The process harnesses the energy contained in combustible material such as recyclable plastics, cardboard, paper and waste timber that would usually go to landfill. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions thereby improving overall environmental outcomes. A leader in this area is ResourceCo Group.
ResourceCo Group facilities divert waste from landfill thereby converting 400,000 mega tonnes of waste to 250,000 mega tonnes of processed engineered fuel per annum.
Replacing fossil fuels with PEF in Adelaide
Working closely with Adelaide Brighton Cement Limited, ResourceCo developed PEF as a partial replacement for fossil fuels in the Adelaide Brighton cement kiln. This collaboration resulted in the commissioning of Australia’s first PEF manufacturing plant to be established in South Australia. This led to the development of SUEZ-ResourceCo Alternative Fuels through a partnership between SITA Australia and ResourceCo.
The SUEZ-ResourceCo plant has the capacity to manufacture up to 300,000 tonnes of raw material per annum into approximately 150,000 tonnes of PEF. It does this by sorting, sizing and extracting the combustible material from commercial and industrial waste streams.
The Cleanaway ResourceCo facility In Wetherill Park NSW because the second Australian PEF plant. This plant will sort and separate material into combustibles and non-combustible. Combustibles will be used to produce PEF and the non-combustible material, such as metals and aggregates, get processed for reuse.
Like the SUEZ-ResourceCo plant, the Wetherill Park facility has capacity to concert up to 250,000 tonnes of material waste into approximately 150,000 tonnes of eco-friendly fuel every year.
Story credit: ResourceCo
This article was originally published by ResourceCo, exhibitor at AWRE.