HOT-STAGE DESIGN OF PLASMASTONE

Belgium
Partners

Group Machiels, InsPyro, JM Recyling,Cementbouw, Metallo-Chimique, VMM, Douterloigne, SGS, CleanTechPunt, KU Leuven

Contact

Yves Tielemans
Ekkelgaarden 16
3500 Hasselt

E: yves.tielemans@machiels.com
T: +32 470 133 675

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Remo landfill in Houthalen-Helchteren contains > 16 Mtonne of mixed Municipal and Industrial Waste. It is the first landfill in the world where the ambitious “Enhanced Landfill Mining” (ELFM) concept, developed by the Flemish ELFM Consortium, is to be implemented in the Closing the Circle (CtC) project, by an Industrial Consortium led by Group Machiels. A 50 M€ plasma demonstration facility (Plasma Demo) is envisaged to be commissioned in 2017, incorporating a two-stage plasma gasification unit, in which Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) – i.e. the fraction obtained from excavated and separated waste that cannot be directly valorised as material – is treated, producing three valuable resources: (a) syngas, (b) a glass named plasmastone and (c) metals. PLASMAT provides the missing link between the current status of the CtC project and its actual implementation by upcycling the plasmastone into high added value building products.

PROJECT GOALS

PLASMAT targets the production of a clean plasmastone slag (glass content > 95wt%, with metallurgical separation of the metal stream in the plasma unit) that can be upcycled to high added value building materials with novel functionalities. Concurrently, PLASMAT will be integrating a (metallurgically driven) Waste-to-Materials plasma setup (ScanArc) with the (mainly energy driven) Waste-to-Energy approach of APP’s Gasplasma® set-up. Combining these technologies is a crucial part of the R&D of the project and will allow producing an optimised Plasma Demo.

FUNDING TYPE: National Funding (IWT MIP ICON)

BUDGET: € 901.058
SUBSIDY: € 730.000

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Location

Department of Materials Engineering
Kasteelpark Arenberg 44
3001 Leuven, Belgium