Telestack has recently installed and commissioned a stockyard management system for stockpiling and reclaiming at the AES Kilroot coal-fired power station in Northern Ireland. The fully mobile system consists of a mobile radial telescopic conveyor and fully tracked mobile hopper feeder.
Prior to the Telestack system, AES used wheel loaders to haul the coal to the fixed conveyor to feed the power station and to build strategic stockpiles in the stockyard. AES chose the Telestack system as it wanted principally to increase its tonnages, but also in order to reduce costs. Now, wheel loaders carry the coal to the Telestack tracked mobile hopper feeder which then feeds onto a radial telescopic stacker which stockpiles the coal at speeds of up to 500tph at 1.0t/m³.
With the new Telestack conveyor technology now in place, the wheel loader use is limited. Therefore, there are no wheel loaders driving over the product which means there is no degradation or compaction of the coal, leaving a higher-quality product to fuel the power station. End product quality is further improved by the steeper angle of storage and consequent improved water drainage.