Plastic waste recovery is a largely untapped resource of renewable energy for Canada. Phoenix’s plastic waste to fuel technology is able to convert any plastic waste into pump-ready fuels, namely gasoline and diesel fuel, which meet and exceed North American standards. This will help offset and reduce the demand for fossil fuels exploration and refinery, which contributes greatly to GHG emissions.
Our technology involves a low temperature “pyrolysis” process to transform plastic wastes into ready to use fuel products. Our innovative closed loop system does not produce any secondary contamination to the environment. The only emission in the process is water-vapour and a minute amount of CO2; less than what a bakery produces. The only solid residue is carbon black powder, which can be sold and used in printer toner or as filler for tires. Our process begins with mixed grade unwashed, unsorted plastic waste that is heated without oxygen to promote chemical decomposition. A catalytic reaction shortens hydrocarbon chains to produce a liquid. Any non-condensable gas will be directed back into the system to be used as auxiliary fuel. The mixture of oil will then undergo filtration processes to remove odour, colour, sulphur and other impurities. A fractional distillation will then separate the final fuel products by molecular weight.
The current method, worldwide, of disposing of unwanted plastic waste is mostly through incineration and/or disposal at landfills. However, ash produced is hazardous and direct burning plastic generates GHGs and highly toxic pollutants.
Hauling waste plastic to landfills and the operation of landfill machinery generates more GHG, contaminates underground water and occupies the valuable land.
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