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New shredding operation boosts SRF production capabilities in South Korea

A new Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) production facility is now fully operational in Wonju city, South Korea, thanks to the expertise of global shredding firm UNTHA and local partner PERITUS.

Korean waste management specialist Zion has built the alternative fuel manufacturing plant, to make smarter use of its residual materials. Now, with the new system in place, pre-sorted C&D waste and C&I waste, is being shredded to produce a homogenous 50mm fuel for the cement industry.

The UNTHA XR3000C shredder with cutting concept was chosen following a series of trials at UNTHA’s Austrian headquarters. Demonstrations showed the technology could comfortably achieve throughputs of 60-70 tonnes per day, with scope to almost double that moving forward.

The XR3000C’s flexibility also means Zion can achieve a 40-50mm particle size from the single step shredding of plastic bales, which has further boosted the company’s SRF production capabilities.

Commenting on this project, UNTHA’s Head of Business Unit Waste Peter Streinik said: “South Korea may only be in the infancy of its Waste to Energy journey, yet the nation has formed a very sophisticated and disciplined approach to its waste roadmap, relatively quickly. Legislation is in place to drive the production of <50mm SRF, and the necessary infrastructure is fast evolving to accommodate this.

“What we see here with Zion however, is not just a company striving for compliance. They’re prioritising energy efficiency, profitability and innovation too, to realise the wider benefits that come with smarter waste management.”

Committed to principles akin to Europe’s waste hierarchy, Zion extracts as many materials as possible – including bricks, metal, sands, glass and batteries – for re-use or recycling, prior to them entering this SRF manufacturing stream.

Adding some final thoughts, Zion’s President Ms. Geumju Kim said: “Our family-run business is incredibly passionate about renewable energy, from solar power to alternative fuel production. Now that our new SRF plant is up and running, with state-of-the-art configurable technology in place, the next step is to investigate relationships with different customers. We can satisfy varied specifications, and look forward to improving South Korea’s resource agenda.”

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