Recycling : EEW Schwedt plant turns to technology from Lindner

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Kraftwerk Schwedt GmbH & Co. KG has specialised in recovering energy from waste since 2010. Highly calorific SRF is produced from specially processed municipal solid, commercial and industrial waste. The power plant, in turn, generates electricity, heating and process steam which is used to supply Germany's third-largest paper mill, whose waste is also used for energy recovery. Specifically, the Schwedt power plant generates 175,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 602,000 megawatt hours of process steam annually.

The high demands placed on calorific value and throughput require powerful and energy-efficient recycling machines. Therefore, in spring 2020, the Schwedt power plant decided to replace a stationary shredder that had synchronous technology and gearbox with Lindner’s Polaris 2200 and it’s tried-and-tested asynchronous technology, countershaft drive and flywheel energy storage. The Polaris performed much better, offered improved technical availability, mainly due to its drive concept, and led the company to replace another two shredders in 2021 with Lindner’s Polaris 2200.

According to an independent report by the University of Leoben (2017), a shredder drive system with an asynchronous motor is more efficient than a drive system with a synchronous motor and produces up to double the output per machine depending on the input material. The drive system with the belt-driven asynchronous technology ensures optimum utilisation of the shredder’s capacity, which in turn leads to lower production costs (€/t).

At the Schwedt power plant, a total of three Polaris 2200 shredders have been reliably and efficiently shredding 33 metric tons of waste per hour in three-shift operation over 5.5 days a week since 2021. This corresponds to 600 – 700 metric tons per machine every week. ‘We chose Lindner’s shredders based on the recommendation of another Lindner client and were not disappointed. The Polaris 2200 has an efficient cutting system and, after one year in full operation, has achieved a 30% higher productivity than machines with synchronous technology in the past,’ says Steffen Künkel, Production Manager of Postprocessing at the Schwedt power plant.

Not only is the Polaris 2200 extremely efficient but its heart, the rotor, is also highly accessible. This makes maintenance work quicker and provides easy access to the screen. Regular maintenance work is an important quality criterion and affects the homogeneous particle size and the consistently high throughput. At the Schwedt power plant, maintenance is planned so that it is only carried out on one of the three processing lines at a time. When one shredder is being maintained, the other two lines share the shredding load between them – the additional waste stream can be shredded seamlessly on the two Polaris 2200s that remain in operation. The countershaft drive system harnesses the flywheel energy storage, which significantly reduces the acyclical power required by the electric motor and also provides the additional power reserves required during peaks.

Generally speaking, the Polaris can be used for a variety of applications. Although the material delivered to the Schwedt power plant is predominantly free of FE parts, the input material might still contain unwanted and difficult-to-shred objects. The robust shear cutting system is, however, resistant to non-shreddables, which in turn positively affects the throughput. In terms of output material, the Polaris can achieve three-dimensional particle sizes from 40 to 120 mm in a single pass. For the Schwedt power plant’s fluidised bed kiln, it produces a particle size of 80 mm. Commercial, industrial and waste wood used to fire calciners in cement plants is also shredded to the same size. That’s another popular application of Lindner’s Polaris series.

‘We enjoy working with Lindner, especially with the project department as power plant standards need to be incorporated at the design and documentation stage. Also the dismantling of the old machines, the installation of Lindner’s shredders and commissioning were flawless,’ says a delighted Künkel.