Waste to Fuel - Turning All Types
Each year, municipalities, government and industry spend millions of dollars collecting and disposing of wastes. With a TRU pyrolysis plant, this material is no longer a waste, but a fuel for the generation of energy and carbon. That's Waste to Fuel
Crude oil is the lifeblood of modern civilization, with more than 80 million barrels consumed worldwide every day. Mankind’s dependence on fossil fuels for our energy and transportation demands is leading us to an energy crisis. Within the next decade the cost of fossil derived fuel is set to become financially non-viable. The trend toward renewable energy is increasing rapidly.
The knowledge that energy and fuel could be created by waste is not new. Waste to fuel technologies have been emerging for over 100 years. The greatest case being the introduction of wood gasifiers during the petroleum shortage of the World wars.
But until now, waste to fuel technologies have not gained much traction as our fossil fuels have been meeting our demands. Fossil fuel has been cheap enough to keep it as our primary fuel source.
But as our fossil fuel reserves are being depleted, the time to move to waste as a fuel source is here.
Organic waste comes in many forms:
All of this waste matter has energy stored within its molecular structure.
Take used tyres as an example.
According to figures released by BP around mid-2009, the remaining "proven" world crude reserves stand at approximately 1.258 trillion barrels, which includes the Tar-Sands of Alberta, Canada. If we divide that number by the current worldwide demand of about 85 million barrels per day (BPD), that gives us a MAXIMUM timescale of about 40 years, assuming that all the reserves can be successfully extracted. Within the next 5-10 years the price of crude oil will become economically inhibiting, and industry will have to look toward renewable fuel sources.
So how do we turn waste to fuel?