Due to Government changes, there is an increase in demand for RDF and SRF testing across the UK. Landfill sites have traditionally been extensively used for the disposal of many waste streams and Materials Recycling Facilities responsible for recycling materials such as cardboard, plastics, woods and metals.
The material left after recycling is classed as residual waste, this can be used for RDF and SRF. Control of emissions during the combustion process is vital to the compliance of the Energy from Waste plant to enable it to operate within the limits of its Environment Agency operating permit.
While extensive air pollution control equipment is fitted to the plant to enable it to accept RDF and SRF, it is vital that the potential of the fuel to cause pollution is monitored by prior testing. Also, the calorific value of the fuel needs to be known as this controls its monetary value.
RDF and SRF is increasingly being used as a feedstock for cement manufacture as a replacement for conventional fossil fuels to give environmental and cost benefits.
The standard suite tests routinely undertaken for waste fuels are:
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