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PPMA Show to host first-look at new plastic and packaging shredder

UNTHA UK is set to unveil its new packaging, pallet and plastics shredder, at the PPMA Show this September.

The three day event at the NEC will provide visitors with a UK first-look at the manufacturer’s latest engineering innovation – the QR series.

The high throughput shredder will take centre stage on UNTHA’s stand (A22), so delegates can get up close to what has been hailed a maximum performance piece of technology, with simplicity at its heart.

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Capable of handling everything from wooden pallets to production waste – as well as plastic lump, drums, film and mixed rigids – the QR has been developed in conjunction with recyclers worldwide.

“This latest innovation is about achieving impressive results with minimal effort,” comments UNTHA UK’s managing director Marcus Brew. “Because, isn’t that what any customer demands from new technology?

“It’s a flexible piece of equipment that can be easily reconfigured to tackle different waste streams, and with our low maintenance pusher technology, it has been purposefully engineered to deliver maximum yield and uptime.”

With a resilient drive for machine longevity, low wear parts and integrated gears for added maintenance simplicity, UNTHA is pitching the QR as a shredder with incredibly low whole life running costs.

“A simple planned preventative maintenance plan is all that is required to preserve optimum operational conditions,” continues Marcus. “That means less time spent on the upkeep of the shredder, and more time actually shredding!

“We’ve tried to think about everything, from a simple touch screen control panel with remote diagnostics, to foreign object protection for safe and easy removal of foreign material. And we invite organisations to trial this machine, using their own materials, when it heads back to our test centre after this event.”

The QR won’t be the only technology that UNTHA UK’s shredding experts will be talking about at the PPMA Show. Another major theme is currently the compliant processing of hard drives and other confidential media, for as little as fifty pence per unit.

“Our hard drive shredder is fast becoming one of our biggest-selling machines, because it satisfies clients’ legislative requirements when it comes to data destruction and DIN levels, at the same time as producing a homogenous fraction that guarantees maximum recyclate quality and revenue yield,” explains Marcus. “This is another big example of shredding with ROI in mind.”

The PPMA Show is the UK’s number one event for process and packaging machinery suppliers. Taking place on 26-28 September, at the NEC Birmingham, it will run in Hall 5 adjacent to the UK’s leading plastics exhibition, Interplas.

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ANDRITZ AG to deliver DeNOx plant to Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG, Germany

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG to deliver a SCR DeNOx plant (SCR: Selective Catalytic Reduction) for the hazardous waste incineration plant in Bürrig at its CHEMPARK site in Leverkusen, Germany.

The DeNOx plant is being built to treat the flue gases from the sewage sludge incineration line with multiple-hearth furnace VA3 and the two lime kilns VA1 and VA2. Completion of the project and start-up is scheduled for the end of 2018.

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By modernizing the plant, Currenta can ensure that the NOx limit, which will be lowered from 200 to <100°mg/Nm³ as from January 1, 2019 in accordance with 17.BImSchV (Federal Immission Protection Act), is met, and even generate significantly lower flue gas emissions than the limits required by the European regulations thanks to the new ANDRITZ DeNOx plant.

The order from Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG confirms ANDRITZ’s leading position in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for industry and power plants.

Currenta manages and operates one of the largest chemical complexes in Europe – the CHEMPARK, with its sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen. As a modern service company with around 3,400 employees, Currenta’s service portfolio includes supply of materials and utilities on-site, a wide range of analytical services, modern environmental management, comprehensive infrastructure services, and reliable safety concepts.

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ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international group is also active in the energy generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants), and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

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Aries Clean Energy Project Earns National Recognition for Sustainability

For the second time in less than 30 days, Aries Clean Energy’s gasification plant operating near Nashville has received recognition as a sustainability success. The latest award is national in scope, presented in Denver this week, from a leading environmental publication naming the facility a 2017 Top Project energy category winner.

2017 07 12 082759“Having Environmental Leader choose our facility as one of the Top Projects in the country really puts us in impressive company,” said Aries CEO Greg Bafalis. “The list of current and former winners reads like a who’s who of American industry, and we are very proud our patented technology and design work has been included.” Other 2017 winners of Top Project awards include such companies as General Motors, 3M, Lockheed-Martin, and Ingersoll Rand.

The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in corporate projects that improved environmental, sustainability or energy management and increased the bottom line. It is a five-point rating system designed to offer companies feedback and recognition. Third-party judges came from national and international companies including: AT&T, Kellogg, LNS Research, Marriott, Panasonic, Safeway, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Tyco Global Products.

Judges considered the clean-tech waste-to-energy plant located in Lebanon, TN, an exemplary project. “This is such a great example of sustainability and could be a wonderful model for the rest of the world,” one judge said of the public/private gasification project. “They are using systems thinking to reduce waste, produce renewable energy, capture heat that normally would be wasted, and are also producing biochar which has great agricultural benefits.”

2017 07 12 082515Another judge added, “A great example of how to increase government's productivity while also reducing their environmental impact.”

Last month, Aries Clean Energy's biomass gasification plant was recognized as the driving force behind the City of Lebanon's receipt of a 2017 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award, the most prestigious conservation award in Tennessee. Now in its 31st year, the awards annually showcase exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment.

Aries Clean Energy deployed its patented gasification technology in design and construction of the plant that was commissioned in late 2016. It is the world’s largest downdraft gasification facility, and it utilizes a blend of wood waste from local industries, scrap tires from Wilson County and biosolids from the city’s wastewater treatment plant to produce green electricty.

About Aries Clean Energy:

Aries Clean Energy, LLC, based in Nashville, Tennessee, designs and builds innovative bio-based downdraft and fluidized bed gasification systems using its eight patents granted to date. Its projects provide for the sustainable disposal of waste, reduction of carbon emissions, and the production of clean thermal and electrical energy. The company’s ongoing R&D efforts are focused on cleaning syngas produced from waste for use in internal combustion engines.

Visit our website:  www.ariescleanenergy.com

About Environmental Leader

Since 2006, Environmental Leader's website and daily email newsletter have provided the definitive and objective voice in reporting on business-related energy, environmental, and sustainability issues, while Energy Manager Today is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives informed about energy management news.  For a complete list of 2017 winners, visit  www.environmentalleader.com/environmental-leader-product-project-awards-2017/

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Aries Clean Energy Project Awarded State’s Highest Environmental Stewardship Recognition

2017 07 12 081652Aries Clean Energy’s biomass gasification plant just outside Nashville has been recognized as the driving force behind the City of Lebanon’s receipt of a 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, the most prestigious conservation award in Tennessee.

Now in its 31st year, the awards annually showcase exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment. Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bill Martineau jointly announced the award in the energy and renewable resources category after a panel of 22 independent professionals representing conservation, environmental, agricultural and academic professionals judged nearly 90 entries from across the state.

Aries Clean Energy deployed its patented gasification technology in design and construction of the plant that was commissioned in late 2016. It is the world’s largest downdraft gasification facility, and it utilizes a blend of wood waste from local industries, scrap tires from Wilson County and biosolids from the city’s wastewater treatment plant to produce green electrical power.

“We're reducing landfill use, creating clean energy and keeping thousands of tons of carbon out of the air each year, all with a positive cash flow,” said Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash. “This is a win all the way around.”

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Developing the project involved implementing a partnership between the city and county, as well as a private company, Rockwood Recycling, which specializes in logistics and preparation of commercial wood waste and scrap tires.  The gasification plant can process up to 64 tons per day of material and produce 420 kW of electricity utilizing Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) generators.

Because of the partnerships in place, the Lebanon facility annually:

  • Diverts 8,000 tons of wood waste from the landfill, enough to fill a line of tractor-trailers four miles long
  • Makes beneficial use of 36,000 scrap tires (450 tons)
  • Eliminates 2,500 tons of carbon emissions from the air, equivalent to that produced by 479 automobiles
  • Generates 1.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity – sufficient to power 350 average homes for the year

“This plant is a terrific model of our patented clean energy technology in action, and what public/private partnerships can achieve,” said Aries CEO Greg Bafalis. “Recognition of what we built from the state’s environmental community is clearly appreciated.  At the same time, the award says Lebanon’s leaders had tremendous vision and initiative in putting this project together and making it work.

Congratulations to Mayor Ash, and each of those council members and public works professionals involved.”

About Aries Clean Energy

Aries Clean Energy, LLC, based in Nashville, Tennessee, designs and builds innovative bio-based downdraft and fluidized bed gasification systems using its eight patents granted to date. Its projects provide for the sustainable disposal of waste, reduction of carbon emissions, and the production of clean thermal and electrical energy. The company’s ongoing R&D efforts are focused on cleaning syngas produced from waste for use in internal combustion engines.

Visit our website: www.ariescleanenergy.com

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AkzoNobel helping to save the Brazilian rainforest

A large area of Brazilian rainforest located within one of AkzoNobel's sites is being planted with around 12,000 seedlings of species native to the region as part of an ongoing project to safeguard the fragile ecosystem.

The seedlings will replace part of the existing non-native eucalyptus woodland within a six hectare plot at the Tangará Reserve, which sits inside the company's Mauá facility in São Paulo.

As well as helping to preserve the local environment, the planting of species native to the area's Mata Atlântica forest will also regulate the flow, and improve the quality of, a nearby waterway. It's the latest phase in a long-term project to restore 70 hectares of the reserve to native woodland.

"Around 35 hectares have been reforested since 2007 and it's a source of great pride to see how we're contributing to safeguarding the Brazilian rainforest," explained Elaine Poço, RD&I Director for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in Latin America, who is also responsible for the company's sustainability projects in the region. "A 2015 study concluded that the forest is recovering itself, except for a steeper area, and that's the target of this new phase of the project." 

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The Mata Atlântica forest - which houses around 300 species of fauna and flora - feeds one of the most important waterways in the state of São Paulo and helps maintain the hydrological cycle. Although it only represents a small proportion of the total forest area, the Tangará Reserve is vital to the overall ecosystem.

In addition to planting seedlings at the reserve, the company's Decorative Paints business is also investing around €3 million in a water treatment plant at Mauá. The high quality recycled water will be reused to manufacture paint.

Said Daniel Campos, Managing Director for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in Latin America: "The investment in our water treatment facility and our ongoing commitment to helping safeguard the Brazilian rainforest are important milestones towards a more sustainable and liveable future."

The forest restoration and water reuse project are part of a major strategic drive within Decorative Paints to grow its portfolio of water-based products and use less water for manufacturing. During 2017, the Mauá plant expects to reuse 10% of its water, rising to 40% in 2018 and 100% by 2020.

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About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.