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22.06.2020 Mechanical systems for handling alternative fuels

AUMUND Group, Rheinberg, Germany, is now able to offer a wide range of products for handling and conveying alternative fuels. Many of these have been specially adapted for this task or feature newly developed technology such as the Type TES trailer docking station, the Type SBA moving floor, the Type RAS rotating screw discharger and a modified version of the Type TKF drag chain conveyor. Also suitable for this application are AUMUND bucket elevators, the mobile Samson® material feeder and SCHADE reclaimers.

Target markets for these AUMUND solutions are in the first instance various branches of industry in Germany and Western Europe, where there is still a lot of potential, but even more so in Eastern Europe, the USA and Asia, where alternative fuels are only just starting to come into use. Also, many emerging countries are facing considerable challenges with regard to refuse disposal. Enormous amounts of climate-damaging emissions, which could be significantly reduced by utilisation in a thermal process, are released from dumps or incineration plants.

The cement, steel and power industries are all energy-intensive, and still predominantly use fossil fuels in their processes releasing carbon dioxide which is damaging to the environment. At the same time these industries have to comply with increasingly stringent domestic and international legal requirements in order to reduce their CO2 emissions. Alternative fuels play a significant role in achieving these targets.

Alternative fuels can be divided into two groups. The first is biomass, which is carbon neutral because when burnt, it is only re-releasing the CO2 that it had taken out of the atmosphere whilst growing or being produced. The second large group comprises materials such as plastics, tyres, medical refuse, and waste from textile manufacturing, shredded paper or bone meal.

At EU-level for example, the ‘European Green Deal’ is regarded as the path to a sustainable EU economy. The overriding aim of the concept is that net greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to zero by 2050, and therefore the EU becomes carbon neutral. One of the most important initiatives of the Green Deal is the climate protection law that was introduced in March 2020. It requires EU emissions of CO2 to be reduced by 50 to 55% by 2030 compared to1990.


AUMUND conveying systems, specially modified or purpose designed for handling alternative fuels, from top: Type TKF drag chain conveyor; Type RAS rotary screw discharger; Type SBA moving floor; Type TES trailer docking station

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