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Posted on: 24th Feb 2020

Andusia Discuss The Practicalities of Exporting Alternative Fuels

This month, Andusia Director, Mark Terrell, spoke at the Global CemFuels Conference and Exhibition in Paphos, Cyprus. Now in its 14th year, Global CemFuels is the largest alternative fuels conference and exhibition in the world.

During the two-day event, Mark discussed the practicalities of exporting alternative fuels to new markets, in new countries. With reference in particular, to the SRF market.

Solid Recovered Fuel, or SRF, is a higher quality alternative to RDF. The fuel consists of smaller fractions with a higher energy content. The higher calorific value means it is suitable for use in cement kiln facilities, replacing fossil fuels such as Petcoke and coal.

With market changes in the past couple of years, RDF export has plateaued, and millions of tonnes of waste is still going to landfill; waste companies are having to look for alternative, cost-effective methods of disposal, this is where the Ansoff Matrix comes in.

With an excess of existing product (waste), and untapped markets beckoning, market development, as per Ansoff’s matrix, is becoming an attractive and worthwhile channel.

Where waste quality has improved due to better segregation in waste streams, CV is higher and so SRF production is a more achievable and viable option. But with a limited number of cement plant facilities here in the UK, export of SRF is the emerging solution.

Mark then went on to discuss Andusia’s experience of the waste export industry, being one of the first to export RDF back in 2012 through to successfully expanding into SRF export in more recent years.

Mark concluded “RDF export is where Andusia started, however the market has changed, especially in the past couple of years, and it is important we change with it. Not only are we turning our attentions to UK Energy from Waste facilities but also to development of the emerging market of SRF export across Europe.”

Contact us today about your SRF requirements!