Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management // Montanuniversitaet Leoben

Working group "Innovative Waste Treatment"

Waste Fuels or Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF) have been increasing steadily in importance in the waste management sector. RDF are secondary energy resources available at the local level which are used for the substitution of fossil feedstock in, among others, industrial co-incineration plants (e.g., cement industry). In the waste management developed countries, the energy recovery of RDF has become the “State of the Art” and makes an essential contribution to achieving the sustainable and modern waste as resource - management.

The mechanical waste processing plants apply different processing and sorting equipment and are operated to produce high - quality RDF. For this, non-hazardous waste groups of different quality and quantity are processed.

To be used in co-incineration plants, RDF have to fulfil quality criteria laid down in the waste incineration ordinance and contracts between fuel supplier and consumer. Based on this, the correct application of the quality assurance concept (i.e. from the sampling planning and sampling realisation up to the analysis and interpretation of the results) and knowledge of the RDF properties (chemical-physical, energetic) are one of the preconditions for defining the RDF quality and increasing the substitution rate in the cement industry. Despite the strict limit values and regular inspections, Austrian cement industry has reached a thermal substitution rate of fossil feedstock by usage of various RDF of 78.3% in 2016 (Mauschitz, G. 2017).

In the practise and solution oriented research of the working group "Innovative Waste Treatment", subjects like waste processing, quality assurance and utilization of the RDF in the co-incineration plants are treated (see illustration below). The results from investigations are published in international renowned Journals as well as on national and international conferences.

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Research projects

The following research projects are settled in this working group:

  • Qualitative und quantitative Identifikation von relevanten sekundären Stoffströmen
  • ReWaste4.0 - Recycling and Recovery of Waste4.0


Working Group Members

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Img 9978g 6 Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Josef Adam
Ecobilancing, material flow analysis & waste management

Aldrian 3 Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Alexia Aldrian
Technical assistant

Img 9978g 7 Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Curtis
Process engineering, secondary raw materials & waste processing

Dok1 3 Dipl.-Ing. Selina Möllnitz, BSc.
Polymer engeineering and science, polymer processing & polymer recycling

Img 9978g 2 Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Renato Sarc (WG-leader)
Hazardous waste, refuse derived fuels & waste management

Viczek1 Sandra Viczek, MSc. MSc.
Analytical chemistry

Dok1 1 Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Weißenbach
Management of waste data incl. EDM, waste management planning & waste treatment facilities



With the following form you can directly contact the working group leader Mr Dr. Renato Sarc.

Renato Sarc

Renato Sarc

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.
Scientific staff

Phone: +43 3842 / 402-5105
Cell: +43 676 / 84 53 86-805
Fax: +43 3842 / 402-5102
E-mail: renato.sarc@unileoben.ac.at


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