Australia’s first UNTHA XR shredder is now operational in Melbourne, after a 15,000 kilometre journey from an engineering facility in Austria.
Exclusive Australian UNTHA shredding equipment distributor FOCUS Enviro supplied the 37-tonne mobile machine to Knox Recycling (KTS).
The UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e will handle up to 30 tonnes of commercial, industrial and wood waste per hour to manufacture process engineered fuel (PEF).
FOCUS Enviro director Robbie McKernan said KTS were previously unable to produce high-specification fuel with only one machine.
Mr McKernan said KTS accompanied FOCUS Enviro on several site visits across Europe to see the UNTHA shredder in action.
“Impressed by the single pass shredding capabilities of this robust technology, FOCUS Enviro then set about configuring a solution that could achieve Knox’s refined less than 50 millimetre output particle requirements,” Mr McKernan said.
“We have seen what the XR mobil-e is capable of, as it has continued to transform the throughputs, fuel quality and energy efficiency of facilities worldwide.”
Mr McKernan said FOCUS Enviro had worked hard to bring UNTHA’s innovation to Australia.
“No other single machine can produce such a homogenous fuel in a single pass, so I think the Knox operation is going to be a leading light in this complex arena,” Mr McKernan said.
According to KTS owner Mark Jeffs, alternative fuel production is becoming more important in Australia.
“As a progressive environmental company we want to be ahead of the curve,” Mr Jeffs said.
“We acknowledged that by investing in world class PEF production technology we could produce a high-quality resource, efficiently, and hopefully really drive the market for this crucial energy source.”
UNTHA Global Business Development Director Gary Moore said the company’s machinery could process a range of waste materials effectively.
“Whether the resulting fuel is going to a local cement kiln or the export market, we always work with the client to optimise throughputs, minimise impurities and maximise margins,” Mr Moore said.
“Australia is one of the world’s most exciting countries when it comes to energy from waste potential, and it’s great to now be a part of it.”