South Korean waste management firm, Zion, has begun operations at its new Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) production facility in Wonju city, which will supply fuel for the cement industry.
The facility features equipment from Austrian Shredding technology manufacturer, UNTHA, supplied by local partner PERITUS, and will process pre-sorted C&D and C&I waste to produce a homogenous 50mm SRF.
According to UNTHA, its XR3000C shredder was chosen following a series of trials at its Austrian headquarters. Demonstrations were said to show that the technology could comfortably achieve throughputs of 60-70 tonnes per day, with scope to almost double that moving forward.
The manufacturer added that the XR3000C’s flexibility also means Zion can achieve a 40-50mm particle size from the single step shredding of plastic bales, which has further boosted the company’s SRF production capabilities.
“South Korea may only be in the infancy of its Waste to Energy journey, yet the nation has formed a very sophisticated and disciplined approach to its waste roadmap, relatively quickly,” commented UNTHA’s head of business unit waste, Peter Streinik. “Legislation is in place to drive the production of <50mm SRF, and the necessary infrastructure is fast evolving to accommodate this.”
“What we see here with Zion however, is not just a company striving for compliance. They’re prioritising energy efficiency, profitability and innovation too, to realise the wider benefits that come with smarter waste management,” he continued.
Zion is said to be committed to principals akin to Europe’s waste hierarchy and extracts as many materials as possible – including bricks, metal, sands, glass and batteries – for re-use or recycling, prior to them entering this SRF manufacturing stream.
“Now that our new SRF plant is up and running, with state-of-the-art configurable technology in place, the next step is to investigate relationships with different customers,” said Zion’s president Ms. Geumju Kim.
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