MEDIA RELEASE 09 August 2016
Recycled tyres are overlooked as a biofuel source
Oil from recycled tyres has been overlooked as a potential biofuel source, yet
it is the most reliable and easiest to refine of all, according to oil expert
Tim Rose of Southern Oil.
According to Tim Rose the future potential of this source of feedstock is
immense, in fact preferable to other bio-oils from plants such as corn or algae
plus it reduces dependence on imported fuel and it is an excellent example of
converting an environmental waste problem into a valuable raw material.
Southern Oil has operated a refinery at Wagga Wagga since 2001 that processes 38
per cent of Australia's collected waste lube oil and is in the process of
building an advanced $16 million biofuels plant at Gladstone, Queensland.
Tim Rose said: "The first 'trickle' of oil is now being provided to us by the
Green Distillation Technologies tyre recycling plant at Warren in Western New
South Wales under a supply contract we signed this year as they now have their
first processing vessel operating pending approval by the environmental
authorities after which they can expand their production.
"We have found that the oil they are providing is quite easy to convert to
diesel fuel as the main refining step we have to make is the removal of the
sulphur, but in time it could become a suitable feedstock for automotive petrol
and even jet fuel.
"However, initially we plan to use it as the raw material for diesel fuel for
stationary engines, but as the volume increases in time we will build a
specialist refinery at Gladstone to just handle the oil from this source.
"This is in line with Green Distillation Technologies plans for ten tyre
recycling plants around Australia and they are already advanced in ramping up
the volume at their existing plant, plus another in Tasmania and a specialist
plant in Perth to process oversize tyres, mainly from the mining industry," Tim
GDT has developed world-first Australian technology that will recycle
end-of-life car and truck tyres into oil, carbon and steel using a destructive
distillation process. They were Australia's first ever nominee in the Edison
Awards, the world's top award for innovation last year where they won a bronze
Green Distillation Technologies Chief Executive Craig Dunn said that an oversize
tyre from a mining dump truck that weighs 3.5 tonnes will yield 1500 litres of
oil, 1.5 tonnes of carbon, as well as the steel reinforcing which will go back
to the tyre manufacturer for reuse.
"The Hyder Report in 2013-14 estimated that there are 155,000 tonnes of OTR
end-of-life tyres of various sizes generated in Australia each year of which
79.4 per cent are left on site as there are no means of recycling them.
"We are currently building a test plant to process these tyres as although our
recycling technology is proven, we have to work out the logistics of how to
handle these extra-large 'off the road' tyres (OTRs) used by heavy duty mining
dump trucks, large agricultural tractors and road making equipment.
"Our plant is already recycling end of life 10 kg car tyres that each yield 4kg
of carbon, 1.5kg of steel and 4 litres of oil while the 70kg truck tyre provides
28 kg of carbon, 11 kg of steel and 28 litres of oil.
"We have operated this pilot plant in Warren since 2009 and the upgrade to full
production will see it capable of processing 19,000 tonnes, or a mix of 658,000
car and truck tyres per year. This represents approximately 3% of the 24 million
end-of-life tyres that are generated in Australia each year," Craig Dunn said.
About Green Distillation Technologies: GDT is an Australian company which has
developed world-first technology to recycle end - of - life car, truck and
oversize tyres into carbon, oil and steel.
zzle by providing the world's first whole OTR tyre recycling process – offering
for the first time a truly cradle to grave solution for OTR Tyres.
Released for Green Distillation Technologies by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call or Dennis Rutzou on 0411 510 888.