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Transforming waste into energy

12 May 2024

TALKING TO an industrial door company in Newcastle upon Tyne may appear to lack immediate synergy with a global issue but Hart Doors is well ahead of the pack when it comes to climate change.

Research suggests that the global Energy from Waste market will reach an investment level of 50 billion dollars by 2027.

Hart Door Systems chairman Doug Hart, says: “The energy from waste sector has some unique challenges such as strict planning conditions for Energy from Waste plants. Noise is a factor, escaping odours and vermin infestation are two more. The actual process of managing the waste creates humid environments and corrosive atmospheres so the door type and installation have to be to the highest standards.”

For example, an Energy from Waste site in Moscow took 22 doors, 11 high-speed Speedor Storms and 11 manually operated swing doors from Hart Doors. It also recommended 4m x 6m Speedors which were efficient and cost-effective.

Doug continues: “Considering the challenges faced by those in the Energy from Waste sector, we know that soundproofing and durability are desirable features – which is why multilayer PVC is used in our Speedor Storms to ensure their strength, as well as providing tear resistance, which extends their life spans. The multiple layers, which trap air, also mean the door can be used to contain sound.”

Insulated shutters

Nearer home Hart has completed a contract to supply seven insulated shutters and one high-speed Speedor Storm at the Dundee and Angus Energy from Waste facility at Baldovie, north east of Dundee.

“To illustrate our broader approach, like many of its contracts we addressed the technical challenges first by working with the design consultants throughout. After all a typical new build project which will use around 110,000 tonnes of residual waste per year to generate electricity,” adds Doug.

In the important global dimension there is an urgent need to maintain and accelerate sustainability in the light of climate change/global warming acceleration. This is seeing growing demand for Waste-to-Energy facilities across the world with the global market forecast to grow by nearly 7% by next year.

Not only does this create energy in the process but it uses waste created by growing populations across the Globe. Accordingly Hart regards Energy from Waste as a developing sector which from the beginning the process of getting rid of waste and generating electricity is not straightforward.  

As a result Hart has adapted its existing door brands such as Speedor and purpose-designed doors that can operate alongside in potentially hazardous environments. To cope with these environments is extremely challenging.

As an example Hart has developed a series of enhancements to its standard roller shutter specification. These significantly extend the life and the operational reliability of these essential doors.

High humidity, corrosive atmosphere and vermin damage are particular problems and lead to unreliable installations without preventative design enhancement. Hart’s expertise in developing custom doors to maximise performance in any environment is widely acknowledged.

Hart’s solutions can be found at some of the world’s major Energy from Waste projects. Hart’s global presence will increase significantly as the need to convert waste to energy becomes more urgent.

For more information, visit www.hartdoors.com