SRF and RDF Testing

SRF and RDF are fast becoming energy commodities and as the UK’s leading testing provider, SOCOTEC understands how your market is evolving.

Customers understandably now expect consistent quality with their solid recovered fuels (SRF) or refuse derived fuel (RDF). For your peace of mind, we offer some guidance on ensuring the most compliant and accurate testing.


Why Test SRF/RDF?

Refuse is no longer viewed as a waste, it is fast becoming a product in its own right. For many years, people have understood the value of using waste as an energy source and with many landfills closing, organisations are looking for viable alternatives for their waste products. Waste is now viewed as an energy commodity and as with any commodity, not only do customers expect a consistent quality, there are also a myriad of rules and regulations around the quality that should be expected of this new product.


Why is it Important for the Fuels to be Consistent?

As well as customer expectation, there are now regulatory compliance considerations around RDF/SRF. Firstly, a Transfrontier Shipment of Waste licence, or TFS is needed if you are involved in the import or export of waste in the UK. Secondly, there will be a fuel specification for any EfW or renewable energy plant that is commercially generating energy. Finally, but for some, most importantly, to achieve maximum efficiency, the fuel needs to be of a consistent quality, so that it does not damage any equipment.


Expertise in Sampling and Analysis for RDF and SRF

SOCOTEC provides a comprehensive range of UKAS accredited* tests on solid recovered fuels including:

  • Moisture content
  • Ash content
  • Calorific value
  • Biogenic content
  • Contaminants (including trace metals)
  • Waste composition analysis
  • Loss on ignition - waste fines


Offering You Advice

Our technical expert represents the British Standards Institute on the ISO/TC 300 working group. With this unrivalled expertise, we can offer you guidance throughout the process. From the importance of taking representative samples, to sample transportation and even compliance with the relevant regulations, such as EN sampling and analysis standards, we can even support you through the ROCs process and in the completion of FMS questionnaires.


Turnaround Time

We understand the importance of getting our results to you in the quickest possible time and therefore we offer five working days for report turnaround on all standard analysis. In addition, you can download your reports using our digital portal, MiPortal, or in a format that integrates with your own environmental monitoring software.


* A listing of SOCOTEC’s UKAS accredited activities can be found in our schedules of accreditation – Testing Laboratories 0001