Yi-Ming Kuo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1, Shih-Wei Huang2,3, Wang Yu Kuan4

1 Department of Safety Health and Environmental Engineering, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, Tainan 71703, Taiwan
2 Institute of Environmental Toxin and Emerging Contaminant, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung 83347, Taiwan
3 Center for Environmental Toxin and Emerging-Contaminant Research, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung 83347, Taiwan
4 She Ching Enterprise Co., Ltd., Tainan 74443, Taiwan

Received: May 17, 2021
Revised: July 29, 2021
Accepted: July 29, 2021

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Kuo, Y.M., Huang, S.W., Kuan, W.Y. (2021). Characteristics of Emissions from Reclamation of Solid-recovered Fuel (SRF) in a Cogeneration Plant. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 21, 210112. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.210112


  • Cutting oil waste was recovered and transformed into solid recovered fuel (SRF).
  • SRF was reclaimed in a cogeneration plant.
  • Substitution of SRF for wood dust improves the combustion condition.


The feasibility of the replacement of coal with solid-recovered fuel (SRF) transformed from waste lubricants was investigated in this work. In addition, the emission characteristics of SRF reclamation in a cogeneration plant were evaluated. The raw waste lubricants collected from a factory that manufactures tinplate cans were pretreated, mixed with wood dust, bentonite, and coal ash, and then remolded into pellet SRF. The coal and remolded SRF were reclaimed in a cogeneration plant. The reclamation performance of the tested fuels was evaluated by analyzing the pollutant characteristics of the bottom ash, fly ash, and flue gas. The PCDD/F concentrations in the flue gas in the runs without coal (0.003 ng I-TEQ Nm–3) were slightly lower than those in the runs with coal (0.102 ng I-TEQ Nm–3). According to the monitoring data for CO, O2, NOx and combustion efficiency, the substitution of SRF for coal improved the combustion conditions. The results showed that transformation of waste lubricant into SRF for reclamation is a promising method by which to take both waste treatment and energy regeneration into consideration.

Keywords: Combustion efficiency, Ash, SRF, Wood dust, Coal

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