Construction begins on facility producing MSW-derived fuel

By Accordant Energy LLC | March 08, 2018

Accordant Energy LLC, an innovative leader in the field of waste-derived engineered fuels, announced March 7 its licensee—RePower South LLC—has begun construction of its first Advanced Recycling and recovery facility, which will utilize Accordant’s patented ReEngineered Feedstock technology.

Located in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, RePower South will develop the Berkeley County Recycling and Recovery Facility using Accordant’s patented technologies to process 50 tons per hour of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW), recovering recyclable materials for sale in commodities markets, and producing a renewable solid fuel—ReEngineered Feedstock—from non-recyclables. Recovered commodities from the plant will include aluminum, scrap metal, OCC, mixed paper, PET, and HDPE, significantly improving recycling penetration in the plant’s service area.

Market demand for low carbon, renewable solid fuels is expanding as both large and small businesses seek cleaner forms of energy for manufacturing processes and electricity generation. ReEngineered Feedstock meets these needs through competitive attributes:

Low carbon – As calculated using the EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), each ton of ReEngineered Feedstock combusted results in a total reduction of approximately 2.5 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCO2E), realized through the avoidance of landfill disposal.

High calorific value – ReEngineered Feedstock has a higher heating value (HHV) approximating 10,000 Btu/lb., which is substantially greater than that of typical biomass (6,000 Btu/lb) and comparable to that of typical coal (12,000 Btu/lb).

Customized combustion properties – ReEngineered Feedstock can be engineered for a variety of combustion applications and is physically and chemically designed to mimic the properties of coal. This allows for more effective co-firing applications in cement kilns and boilers than realized by biomass and other alternative fuels.

Designation as a non-hazardous secondary Material - ReEngineered Feedstock holds a non-waste fuel determination from the EPA, allowing significant regulatory benefits for its users

Paula A. Calabrese, senior vice-president and chief strategy officer of Accordant, commented, “The RPS team has decades of experience in the recycling, solid waste, energy, finance, and construction industries, having built, owned, and operated multiple recycling and solid waste companies. We are confident this first commercial facility utilizing the Accordant technology will improve recycling performance and landfill diversion while providing a renewable solid fuel for cement kilns and utility and industrial boilers.”