Plasticenergy is a world pioneer in the conversion of plastic waste into synthetic transport fuels using a patented pyrolysis process technology called Thermal Anaerobic Conversion (TAC). The chemistry dates back to the 1940s, the innovation of TAC rests in its ability to convert on an industrial scale.
Develop and deliver TAC plants that:
TAC can process all types of plastics, categories 1 through 7, although efficiency and profitability will vary depending on the mix and its cleanliness. End-of-life-plastics (EOLP) uses are landfill, incineration and TAC. We are therefore complementary to traditional recycling efforts, taking care of those kinds of plastic waste that no one else can sustainably process profitably.
In simplified terms thermal anaerobic conversion (TAC) is an industrial process of melting and gasification of plastics followed by a condensation & refining. In scientific terms TAC is a process of controlled cracking of long hydrocarbon chains, that can be likened to the activity of a refinery where, instead of crude oil, the input is plastic. Plastics represent some 6% a refinery’s end products and TAC is a reverse process, where using heat in absence of oxygen we bring the plastic back into its "initial" liquid components.
With appropriate quality feedstock the technology conversion ratio is approximately 900 litres of synthetic fuels per 1,000kg of EOLP.
The current version of the plant can convert up to 20 tonnes of feedstock per day, adding up to approximately 7,000 tpa which translates to some 6,000m3 of CynFuels.
TAC is an environmentally beneficial process that reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill. In addition, TAC has a lower carbon footprint (GHGi, greenhouse gas index) than the production of conventional fuels. Obviously, the proximity to feedstock and clients affect the GHGi of the end-product.
CynFuels are the target products and consist of 80% CynDiesel and 20% CynLite. CynFuels are considered as "synthetic transport fuels" under the Alternative Fuel Transport Directive (AFID). By-products are CynGas and char. The CynGas is re-used as fuel in the TAC and the char is sold or taken to landfill.
Although CynFuels can be used in a combustion engine, the production output of existing plants is used at refineries; TAC volumes do not warrant proprietary blending operations.