Biffa, one of the UK’s leading integrated waste management companies, exports around 500,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) per year – making it one of the UK’s largest producers of RDF. As well as supplying Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities in the UK, Biffa also exports RDF to production plants in Europe where the combustible bundles of waste are converted into energy.
The two-year contract will see SOCOTEC provide a wide range of fuel testing services for Biffa’s nationwide waste processing facilities, ensuring Biffa’s RDF production meets the highest quality standards and regulations.
In line with these requirements, SOCOTEC will be conducting regular analysis to determine key fuel quality properties such as moisture content, ash content and calorific value, demonstrating if the RDF meets the required specification to be used for energy generation.
Through SOCOTEC’s expert service provision, Biffa will be assured their RDF supply can support excellent operational efficiency as well as meet contractual specifications.
Jim Clay, operations director, Energy Services, SOCOTEC, commented: “At SOCOTEC, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the energy sector and supporting organisations like Biffa in transitioning to environmentally sustainable waste management and energy generation.
“To be working alongside one of the leading and largest waste management companies is a great opportunity for us to showcase our fuel testing capabilities and offer a broad portfolio of energy testing and consultancy services to achieve the end goal of developing low carbon energy supply.”
As members of the RDF Industry Group, SOCOTEC has also been involved in the creation and launch of the RDF Code of Practice, released in October 2017.
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