Plastic Waste Pyrolysis
With only 30% of waste plastic, currently being recycled in Europe and 1% spilling into the oceans, new use cases for the waste are invaluable. End markets for plastics have tightened up in recent years and new end uses / technologies are needed urgently.
Perhaps the most intuitive complimentary sustainable synergy technology is waste/plastic pyrolysis – where plastic residue is converted into a low-carbon gas. This gas can then be used to power electricity generation or be further processed into other fuels, such as for transport systems and other technologies.
Advanced Thermal Conversion (ATC) is a partial oxidation process that involves high temperatures and converts waste residue into sustainable low carbon gas, oil that can be used for shipping fuel and char which also has various uses.
In addition to the waste management benefits of avoiding landfill or inefficient incineration, using gas from plastic will reduce additional gas exploration and controversial fracking. Resulting in a lower carbon impact than fossil derived natural gas.
Traditional storage technologies suffer from degradation, insufficient capacity, high losses, slow response and specialty components.
Bio batteries last for at least 10 years. Equipped with non-corrosive electrodes, this battery unit maintains 100% of its efficiency during the entire lifespan. These units endure peak or dumping loads of energy at unwanted times.
Co-location of peaking plants to feedstock source sites creates synergy where the gas produced can be compressed and easily transported or stored.
This means a peaking plant can be developed without the need for a grid gas connection, greatly widening the criteria for potential development sites and heavily reducing costs.
With the hybrid capabilities of operating gas engines on both plastic recycling and the grid gas, we will be able to gradually decarbonise gas fuelled power plants. Long term, this technology will be able to utilise other sustainable fuel sources such as biogas.