The Covertech system ensures that municipal solid waste (MSW) becomes dry matter with a high calorific power, ready to act as solid recovered fuel (CSR) in industries whose energy dependence is very high, such as cement or electric. Specifically, Covertech Biodry improves PCI (lower calorific value) of the residue up to 70% through biodrying.
The Covertrech system, developed by Masias Recycling, falls within the parameters of the circular economy boosted by the European Union to give momentum to closed loop business systems that allow economic growth that is not associated with fossil resources consumption, explains the company in a statement.
Currently, more than 50% of municipal solid waste (MSW) ends buried in landfills. In this way, the waste sector is responsible for 5% to total GHG emissions (Greenhouse Gas), one of its main sources being decomposition processes of organic matter from landfills, it adds.
Masias Recycling acknowledges that while a large amount of usable resources are buried many industries need energy sources. “The goal is to eliminate landfill deposition to obtain a residue capable of acting as fuel while we bring our technology to reduce GHG emissions to the minimum possible levels,” says Jordi Sala, CEO of Masias Recycling.
To respond to this dual need, the company has focused its efforts on the development of a technology capable of transforming tons of waste into CSR (Solid Recovered Fuel) with a high calorific power, focusing on the wet fraction of waste.
“We can provide complete solutions through Covertech since the organic fraction remains, nevertheless, 50% of all municipal solid waste generated,” says Frederico Contente, key account manager of the company. That is why Covertech Biodry´s goal is to convert solid urban waste with moisture content between 40% and 70% in alternative fuel with less than 20% moisture.
For optimal results, Masias Recycling has INCABO as a technology partner. Manufacturer of fabrics for technical applications, since 1959, this company has been able to combine the best technical properties of the fabric in the FR-COMPOSPLY used in the Covertech system, with Masias Recycling´s know-how in biological waste treatment.
The technological biodrying process of Masias Covertech is based on the principle of decomposition of organic matter to achieve a temperature increase, accelerating the drying process. It also offers an added value: cost and space reduction due to the efficiency of the FR-COMPOSPLY canvas, developed exclusively for this process.