FINLAND IS THE CRADLE FOR SRF KNOW-HOW
Finnish companies have had a pivotal role in the historical development of SRF technology
The development of SRF technology started with Finnish paper mills burning waste in their grate boilers.
Fluidized bed technologies came to the market – not burning MSW but industrial wood waste.
BMH Technology started to develop waste shredders for wood, so that it could be used in fluidized beds.
Wood waste was not enough, so plastic waste needed to be added into the mix.
Technical Research Center of Finland VTT together with Lassila & Tikanoja started to develop technologies to add plastics.
In the 1990s, SRF became a standard in Finland. Paper mills burned wood and plastics in their fluidized beds.
In the beginning of 2000, the development of a European standard started. The Finnish standard was used as the basis.
Finns suggested the creation of SRF CEN standard. Thus, Finns also got the chairman and secretary positions of the coordinating board.
In 2005, the new EU directive made it substantially more difficult to burn waste.
The SRF market plummeted for a while. However, this accelerated the development work of the European standard and helped to grow the market.
SRF production is well aligned with the objectives of circular economy, since waste is utilized to produce high calorific fuel and fossil fuels are being replaced.
The work has just begun to create an international standard based on the European standard.
Finnish companies, such as BMH Technology, Lassila & Tikanoja, Kuusakoski and Ekokem, are global leaders in the world in both production of SRF and the operational management of SRF plants.
THREE PARALLEL ROUTES TO UTILIZING WASTE-BASED SOLID RECOVERED FUEL (SRF)
Eera Waste Refining provides three ways to convert the energy content of the waste into a useful form by utilizing best available technology (BAT).
POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Eera Waste Refining’s process reduces the emissions caused by landfills and substitutes SRF for fossil fuels
EWR’s solution can reduce landfill waste by 80-90%, significantly reducing CO2 and GHG emissions
- Increase capacity of landfills, reducing their capital cost and increasing their lifetime
- Increase quality of life in locations where the landfills are located or will be future projected, constructed and operated.
- Lower space required for landfills and biomass accumulation
- Reduction in the flow – and potentially – on the stock of non-hazardous waste, in risks associated with managing them and in the negative environmental and social negative externalities they produce.
50-60 % of the SRF can be classified as renewable energy
- SRF is also a highly renewable energy form due to its high organic matter composition.
In Colombia, some 90% of waste is currently transported to landfills, causing some 8 800 000 t of CO2 emissions a year and 5% of Colombia’s GHG emissions. Emissions levels are growing every year and the amount of waste in Colombia is expected to grow at a rate of 10% per year. EWR’s solution could reduce landfill waste by 80-90%.
MAIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS – ALWAYS CHOOSING THE BEST AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY
Eera Waste Refining acts as an integration platform for the best available technologies (BAT) in the waste refining sector and operates on a global basis as a developer, investor and operator of waste refineries.