Refuse Derived Fuel as alternate source of energy in developing countries
A.B. Farouque, S. Butt
Waste Busters, PK
RDF, sustainable development, waste to energy, renewable energy
The developing countries in South Asia such as Pakistan are facing a severe energy shortage crisis this year. The dwindling resources of energy has forced many industries to look for alternate fuels. Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) is now being considered as a primary source of alternate energy in Pakistan. The advent of RDF technology was primarily aimed at reducing the amount of solid wastes being produced in the country. However the recent shortage and high prices of fossil fuels has suddenly created the demand for this product. The first RDF plant of 500MT/day has been established in Lahore, Pakistan and is supplying to major cement industries in the Country. Only 10% usage of RDF as the alternate fuels to coal normaly used in the cement industry has resulted in substantial savings for the cement plants. At the same time the Waste Busters, producer of the RDF are now earning Carbon Credits and have signed an agreement to sell their CERs to Eco Securities for over 100,000 tons.
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