Global recycling firm REMONDIS feeds IFK’s capture experiments


Research at the University of Stuttgart into carbon capture technology for the waste-to-energy sector has forged links with one of the world’s largest recycling companies.

Scientists at the university’s Institute of Combustion and Power Plant Technology (IFK) are sourcing solid recovered fuel (SRF) from REMONDIS, a global firm which runs sustainable raw material and water supply operations across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

REMONDIS is a key player in the circular economy with its activities generating around 30 million tonnes of secondary raw materials from recovered waste.

As well as providing fuel for the IFK’s lab and pilot-scale experiments, the company is working closely with the researchers and other partners to develop global standardardisation and quality assurance for secondary raw materials, such as SRF (ISO/TC 300).

REMONDIS supplies quality-assured SRFs – in compliance with standards EN 15359 and RAL-GZ 724 – to test and evaluate innovative ways of reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

The company's stated aim is to ensure good quality and sustainable secondary raw materials, which support the development of new processes and could in turn generate new markets.

IFK’s experiments to support the development of carbon capture technology form part of the international multi-partner projects, NuCa and NEWEST-CCUS.

Photo: The IFK team visits REMONDIS in Erftstad, Germany. From left to right, Alexander Mack (IFK), Joseba Moreno (IFK), Felix Mangold (IFK) and Thomas Glorius (REMONDIS).  Credit: Selina Hafner