Siemens partners with Xetrov for production of the ground-breaking Advanced Thermal Waste Converter, the Clean6 Vortex
- The Clean6 Vortex has a very high 98% conversion rate with only 2% residue (compared to the 80-90% efficiency rate of incinerators used in the industry). The product also requires far less waste per MWe produced compared to competing technologies.
- The Vortex is able to handle previously unrecyclable materials and supports the UK Government’s target of having no more than 10% of waste going to landfill by 2035.
- The technology is in sync with Siemens’ own goals of achieving a net zero carbon footprint by 2030 across all production facilities and buildings globally.
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Siemens Digital Industries has teamed up with sustainable solutions provider, Xetrov Group, to boost production of the ground-breaking Thermal Treatment System, the Clean6 Vortex. The system is turning heads in the recycling and waste processing world because of its ability to process previously unrecyclable materials and its efficiency in using the exhaust heat generated to produce electricity, district heating and food production through Hydroponics. Importantly, the system can 'upscale' material that was deemed unrecyclable and only suitable for landfill.
The system can 'upscale' material that was deemed unrecyclable and only suitable for landfill.
About Xetrov and the Clean6 Vortex
Xetrov, headquartered in Yorkshire, has built and operates its waste-to-energy plant in Pollington, creating both standard and bespoke modules suitable for the UK roll-out of decentralised waste-to-energy plants. Its mission embraces the circular economy, carbon reduction, low-to-no emissions, decentralised power generation and zero landfill.
In line with this mission, the Clean6 Vortex has a very high 98% conversion rate with only 2% residue, compared to the 80-90% efficiency rate of incinerators used in the industry. In addition, the Vortex's exhaust emissions are significantly lower than required by the Industrial Emissions Directive. And the technology doesn't produce fly ash, as other incinerators normally do; inert and partially vitrified residues are typically 2%, below many of the alternative technologies.
Each of Xetrov’s solutions includes a minimum of 1 Clean6 Vortex which processes up to 8,000 tons of waste per annum and can be upsized to multiple in series systems depending on clients' waste supply or power generation requirements.
The outstanding feature of the system is that the Pyrolysis and Oxidisation processes used instantly volatilises material at temperatures significantly higher than those found in standard incineration plants (1,400–1,700°C vs. 850-1,100°C). This results in increased efficiency, lower emissions and very low residue outputs.
We have been scouting for a partner that understands and shares our goals. Siemens brought to the table a slew of products that will go a long way in making our solutions stronger and smarter.Ashleigh Ruxton, Founder & CEO of Xetrov
"We have been scouting for a partner that understands and shares our goals," said Ashleigh Ruxton, Founder & CEO of Xetrov. "Siemens brought to the table a slew of products that will go a long way in making our solutions stronger and smarter. Our Vortex technology is not only 98% efficient on waste destruction but also requires less than half the waste compared to competing technologies to produce power. In all this, the role of the technology supplier is very critical. The digital technologies used are the future of machine development and deployment, and are important for remote, secure connectivity, future proofing our innovative product."
“We have a strong commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability and want to contribute to both the UK and Global zero-landfill targets and a reduction of carbon-based emissions (CO and CO2),” Ruxton added.
Siemens’ products will be used in all four main components of the Clean6 Vortex and the entire Xetrov sustainable waste to energy solution, including the Thermal Conversion Unit, Hammer Mill, Boiler and potentially steam turbines.
“Siemens is delighted to have been selected by Xetrov for supplying end-to-end solutions for the ground-breaking Clean6 Vortex,” said Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Industries UK.
“The benefits of this conversion technology to the community and its potential contribution to the UK’s net zero emissions targets are going to be huge. This technology is in sync with Siemens’ own goals of achieving a net zero carbon footprint by 2030 across all our production facilities and buildings globally. We are fully geared and equipped to meet the specific requirements of Xetrov as it continues its mission of revolutionising waste processing and recycling.”