Methods and standardisation of solid recovered fuel

A brief presentation of quality aspects, different contents and composition of waste as a base material for solid recovered fuel

by Dipl.-Ing. Geert Cuperus, E. van Diijk

The importance of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) has become manifest at the moment an Agreement for the Power stations using charcoal (Kolenconvenant) was made by the government and power generating companies. According to this Kolenconvenant the companies will be allowed to produce sustainable energy from secondary fuels, whereby sustainable has been related to the amount of biomass. At the same time, the new National Waste Management Plan has as one of it is main aims to achieve a better use of non-recyclable waste by energy recovery. The use of SRF is supported by the government through tax exemption. The exempt on Regulating Energy Tax (Ecotax) is 2.9 eurocent per kWh of energy generated. In the case of SRF this exemption only applies to that part of it which is considered biomass. As for the waste management, it has been estimated that about 4 mill tonnes of waste could be made available for power generation. In the following contribution an overview of the Dutch waste situation is given.

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published: Witzenhausen-Institut für Abfall, Umwelt und Energie GmbH, 15. Kasseler Abfallforum-2003 (April 2003), 4|2003
Keywords: Material Recovery, Policy Tax Instruments