Alternative Fuel for Coal and Petroleum Coke: SpecFuel

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Video Transcript: Across North America, businesses and governments are seeking cleaner and economical alternative energy sources. Waste Management sees waste as a resource and is a leader in the development of innovative technologies to extract the value from the waste stream. One of these technologies is Processed Engineered Fuel, or SpecFUEL, which is produced by Waste Management. SpecFUEL is both an environmentally beneficial and economic alternative for coal and petroleum coke. SpecFUEL is an alternative fuel manufactured from high-energy value materials extracted from post-recycled municipal solid waste. Using mechanical sorting equipment, waste is segregated with materials of value, extracted to be recycled. The remaining residual materials are shredded, dried, and densified to create an alternative fuel. The fuel burns cleaner than coal and petroleum coke and can be co-combusted with or replace coal in its entirety. This alternative fuel is manufactured under strict engineering controls and designed to meet strict end-user solid fuel specifications with virtually no process emissions. Compared to refuse-derived fuel, SpecFUEL is a refined, uniform product with low ash and moisture, and a higher and more consistent BTU heating value. It's also easy to transport. Processed engineered fuel is a technology being used in Europe and Waste Management has developed a commercial production facility located at its Covel Gardens Disposal Facility in San Antonio, Texas. The facility has a processing capacity of 300,000 tons of waste per year and can generate 165,000 tons of fuel per year. The fuel generated at this facility is being used by industrial customers in the surrounding area. The economic benefits of SpecFUEL are numerous. SpecFUEL is ideal for any industrial user that is using coal to produce energy or steam, looking to reduce pollutant emissions, and make use of a product that is diverted from landfills. This includes companies in chemical, pulp and paper, textiles, pharmaceutical and metal manufacturing, as well as kiln based cement plants, utilities and district energy facilities. SpecFUEL supplements or replaces coal or petroleum coke to produce steam, electricity, or heat. It's a low fossil carbon, high BTU energy source, may be eligible for Renewable Energy Credits in some states, and can be used in existing energy facilities with little or no modification of solid fuel systems. For industrial users of coal and petroleum coke, SpecFUEL is a low sulfur emission energy source. It can also be part of a closed-loop system, allowing customers to use their own waste as a fuel source. "The system converts up to 55% of the waste materials processed into engineered fuel pellets. Of the remaining residuals, up to 10% could be recycled. Collectively, up to 65% of the waste materials processed could be diverted from landfill disposal." Waste Management is also exploring the diversion of food and yard waste, which could add another 25% of the remaining materials diverted from the waste stream. A number of states recognized waste-based fuel as an alternative energy source and allow electricity producers using it to earn Renewable Energy Credits. "SpecFUEL is an example of our company's commitment to new and innovative Waste Technologies to extract value from the waste stream." Waste Management is your energy partner for a processed, engineered fuel that is both an environmentally beneficial and economic replacement for coal and petroleum coke. Processed Engineered Fuel, or SpecFUEL, produced by Waste Management.
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