In February 2016, Ave was classified second among 18 presentations at the tenth conference CemFuel in Prague.
The jury has distinguished this presentation their scientific value, combining with a large industrial practice, involving six cement plants, and gave prominence to the fact that this study put the coprocessing in the sphere of circular economy. The work presented was developed by www.3drivers.pt , with the indispensable support of Cimpor and SECIL.
Southern European countries like Italy, Portugal and Cyprus have relatively low alternative fuel substitution rates compared to much of the rest of Europe and a high dependence upon imported fuels. Italy and Portugal have under-developed waste management supply chains. While in Portugal efforts are being made to address this, Italy's stunted economy and cement industry means that few improvements have been made in recent years.
The use of waste as alternative fuel and secondary raw material is increasing in Portugal.
Methodology developed in Portugal was presented in Brussels: tire recycling can increase about 8 percent.
AVE - Gestão Ambiental e Valorização Energética, SA (AVE) commissioned the study: "Co-processing - Development of alternative fuels material in the cement industry" to company 3Drivers. A pioneering project that had as partners Sociedade Ponto Verde, Valorpneu and VALORCAR.
The waste sector new strategic framework provides for that the mineral fraction of the co-processed waste in cement kilns - which is integrated into the clinker through the production of cement - ought to be accounted for under national recycling rate of each stream.
The use of Refuse-derived fuel (RDF) should be a priority for the waste sector, said Paulo Ferrão, PERSU 2020 [Strategic Plan for Urban Waste] Working Group Coordinator.
AVE - Gestão Ambiental e Valorização Energética, SA (AVE) established a collaboration protocol with VALORCAR to develop post-fragmentation screening technologies so as to select only part of the components form waste for co-processing, while the remaining will be valued through recycling. With this VALORCAR will be able to achieve its objectives with regard to meeting the targets, which stipulate an increase of reuse and valorization of a minimum of 95% by 2015.