Monday, June 8, 2015

Berlin-based technology to shrink China’s mountain of waste – Berliner Morgenpost

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Recycling company Alba builds with partners first eight installations that make household waste “green coal”. Two of these systems have been running in Berlin.

From Björn Hartmann

building with a new major project Alba its business in China from. The Berlin Recycling Group wants to build eight plants in the next five to ten years, which makes household waste so-called green coal. With it can be generated in power plants energy. The technology has developed in Alba Berlin

Alba has established a joint venture with two Chinese partners for the project -. The state company Guangdong Rising Assets Management and ZhongDe Metal Group, in Berlin known as a major sponsor of the basketball team Alba. The joint venture will take over the construction and operation of initially eight plants. Alba contributes the technical knowledge. Depending on the system expects Alba co-chief Axel Schweitzer with an order volume of 13 to 50 million euros, which means a total of 104-400 million on the eight initially planned facilities. The project has no expiration date, Schweitzer said in an Internet conference.

model of the planned facilities, two in Berlin, which operates Alba together with the BSR. However, in China will be all one size larger: While the Berlin plant process 400 to 500 tons of domestic waste per day, there will be around 1,000 tonnes in China

you ". ltr "> For the first plant is already underway. It arises in the southern Chinese city Jienyang. The contract for this had already been signed in March last year with Xi’s first official visit to Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Chinese President Xi Jinping. For the first sod at the time of Berlin’s Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) had traveled to the Chinese mining town with now seven million inhabitants. The cooperation in this investment, the three partners want to Alba, Gram and Zhongde now expand.

For the green charcoal as household waste initially withdrawn recyclables such as metals , then contaminants are extracted, the remaining material was dried and pressed into pellets, inter alia, with which energy can then be generated. The calorific value is, according to Schweitzer on the lignite – less pollutants. 72 percent of the residual waste can be converted into According to Alba substitute fuel with the process.

Alba has recently increased efforts to expand its business in China. The Group was awarded the contract to recycle the so-called regulated electrical Hong Kong in April. These include rice cookers, televisions, refrigerators and air conditioners. It was the largest contract in company history. Again Alba working with a regional partner together

China is the largest producer of raw materials, which account for Albas business:. Waste and scrap. Solely with the household waste Schweitzer expects by 2030 about 500 million tons of municipal waste in China, 222 percent more than 2012 – with corresponding opportunities for Alba. 2014 the Group set about 2.5 billion euros, of which 224 million euros in China.

With the new tasks depending on the system progress five to 20 employees from Berlin in China work, possibly more. Schweitzer sees great opportunities in the Green charcoal method. He explicitly pointed out that it is suitable not only for China, but throughout the world, to process household waste.

However, Alba currently focusing mainly on the growth market China. Most recently, the group had even veranbschiedet them to remain a pure family business and is currently looking for an external investor who participates. With the money Alba wants finance growth in China

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