The system, designed and installed by materials handling specialist Saxlund International, provides storage, transportation, weighing and injection of solid waste fuel to the two kilns.
The goal is to increase the rate at which Hope can replace fossil fuels with waste-derived alternatives to more than 50%, in line with the company’s long term sustainability targets.
The project incorporates a 350m3 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. According to Saxlund, the system is ‘future-proof’ as it has the flexibility to handle different types of waste-derived fuels, should suppliers change in the future.
Saxlund International managing director Matt Drew said: “This is a flagship project for us. Once fully operational, the new solid waste fuel system will run on a 24/7 basis delivering fuel at a rate of up to 5,000kg 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.”