Cement works fires up on waste-derived fuel

The Hope Works cement plant in Derbyshire, UK (pictured) is being supplied on-site power from waste after a project to supply the two kilns at the site was completed.

BioEnergy and bulk materials specialist Saxlund International, part of the Opcon AB group, collaborated with Hope Construction Materials to install and commission the waste-derived fuel system at the UK’s largest cement works.

Designed to provide storage, transportation, weighing and injection of Solid Waste Fuel (SWF) at its Derbyshire site, the project goal was to increase the rate at which Hope can replace fossil fuels with waste-derived alternatives to more than 50%. The system includes a 350 cubic metre fuel reception and Push-Floor storage, reclaim conveyors, process tower with drum magnet and star screen, together with a weighing and pneumatic injection system to the main burners.

Matt Drew, Managing Director at Saxlund Internationa,l said: ‘Once fully operational, the new solid waste fuel (SWF) system will run on a 24/7 basis delivering fuel at a rate of up to 5000 kg per hour to each kiln. It means Hope Works will soon be operating with a significantly larger proportion of waste-derived fuels, in the process diverting up to 80,000 tonnes of bulk solid waste from landfill each year and representing significant carbon savings to the business.’

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