Chinese waste treated with European technology

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Austrian-German REDWAVE to build large MBT

Another pre-treatment plant for household waste was ordered for the south-east of China from the Austrian-German technology firm REDWAVE. By using mechanical biological treatment (MBT) it will dry and sort the waste for a local waste-to-energy (WTE) plant. The capacity of the facility will amount to 650,000 tons annualy respectively 1,800 tons per day. The purchaser of the plant is a private Chinese waste and energy group. REDWAVE specifies the contract volume to be in the range of 24 million euro. The facility will be erected in the province of Shandong with the start of operation scheduled for early 2018. REDWAVE received its first Chinese order for an MBT to be sited near Shanghai in late 2015. It will process 270,000 tons of household waste per year.

REDWAVE is specialised on sorting systems for the recycling industry with its German branch focused on mechanical biological waste treatment. REDWAVE is a division of the Austrian plant engineering and and construction company BT-Wolfgang Binder GmbH.

The two waste processing plants in China will contribute to the solution of a country-specific problem: In many Chinese provinces, household waste is very high in moisture and thus low in heating value. It does not burn independently in waste incinerators without supportive co-firing of coal.

So the first step in the mechanical biological treatment is a process called biological drying. The second step is the mechanical treatment: Recycable fractions like ferrous and non-ferrous metals are recovered from the dry matter. Also, incombustible, inert contraries like glass, sand, stones and pottery are separated. All combustible waste components like plastics, wood, paper, cardboard and other organic are processed to a so-called refuse derived fuel (RDF) with a sufficient heating value. It will be used in a nearby combined heat and power plant which employs circulating fluidised bed technology (CFB). CFB furnaces are very efficient but require a more homogenous and further preprocessed waste than traditional grate furnaces. Both MBT plants will be operated fully automated.

Until now, the new project is the largest individual order for the firm. Furthermore, it will be the largest suchlike MBT project in China. Amongst other components, four sensor-controlled REDWAVE classifiers will be installed. They will increase the efficiency of the RDF recovery in the mechanical sorting. REDWAVE is one of the leading suppliers of sensor-based sorting machines and complete turnkey plants for the sorting of recyclables.

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