Further upgrade at OOS enables SRF production

Having completed a £2m upgrade to their second Materials Recycling Facility at Old Oak Sidings in West London this summer, Powerday is now able to produce solid recovered fuel (SRF). Following on from initial testing, 2,000 tonnes were produced and exported in November with more to come.

Powerday currently produces around 100,000 tonnes annually of high quality refuse derived fuel (RDF). The addition of this new production facility, which incorporates a new Lindner Komet shredder, baler and cross wrapper, will boost production capacity and allow Powerday to contribute to this emerging market. This SRF, which is used in the cement industry in place of fossil fuels, complements the range of renewable fuel types Powerday produces.

Due to undergoing additional processing, SRF has a higher calorific value and hits other key specification markers in advance of those applied to the RDF market. This allows it to be more sustainable and cost effective than the fossil fuels it replaces, providing a great alternative in the cement industry. In recent years, SRF exports have increased from 42,000 tonnes in 2016 to 186,000 in 2017 (Environment Agency) and the amounts are set to rise further with some forecasting a fivefold increase.

Simon Little, Sales & Marketing Director, Powerday commented: “It is very satisfying to again have invested in upgrading our plant capability and capacity with the resulting materials being valued and sought after in the market. As a premier operator of plant of this type, our clients expect us to always be improving our processing and giving the best possible environmental outcomes at a competitive price. This upgrade does exactly that. We have already attracted considerable interest in this fuel from around the world and we will be working with suppliers in the coming weeks and months to secure long term supply contracts.”