Germany – At last May’s IFAT trade show in Munich, recycling machinery specialist UNTHA unveiled what it claimed to be the world’s first electrically-driven mobile shredder. Since then, the XR mobile has proved that it is ‘more than just hype’, according to the company.
Ragn-Sells is using the XR mobile to shred waste wood in Norway while two units have been sold into the UK for handling waste wood and C&I waste. A couple of units have been sold to customers in Italy, another sale has been completed in Spain, and Breitsamer is already using the shredder in Germany.
‘We set a high standard for our waste division when we launched the static XR back in 2014,’ comments the head of UNTHA’s waste business unit Peter Streinik.
‘The machine’s ability to produce a high-quality solid recovered fuel in a single pass, with double the output of competing machines yet half the energy consumption, changed the face of the waste-to-energy market. Within two years, the XR had been sold throughout Europe, the USA and South East Asia. The XR mobile therefore had a tough act to follow.’
According to Streinik, 2017 will be ‘a pivotal year’ for waste shredding. ‘The market is opening up, with greater investment and increased appreciation for the role that alternative fuel can play within the global energy agenda,’ he says.
‘But operators are still pressed to manufacture more for less, without compromising quality or the environment. The XR mobile and the static equivalent will prove key to this.’
With the same design features as the internationally-acclaimed static XR, UNTHA’s mobile solution is claimed to provide customers with ‘identical benefits’, including: high throughputs; low operating costs; energy efficiency; low noise output; and ease of maintenance.
‘Yet it is the first machine of its kind to shred with a low power electric drive and, thanks to its onboard auxiliary power pack, it can be easily moved around a facility and plugged back in,’ the company points out.
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