There are hundreds of specific formulations of plastic categorized into 7 types. Only a very few can be reasonably recycled. Further, plastic degrades with each recycle thus it ultimately must be discarded.
Conventional pyrolytic techniques have been tried that convert plastic to crude oil and then convert the crude oil to fuel in a standard refinery.
Our process is a family of catalysts that converts plastic directly to fuel, bypassing the requirement for a refinery and creating a product not at the value of crude oil ($1.50 per gallon), but at the value of diesel fuel ($3.50 per gallon). Further, our process is much smaller and cheaper to build than the old pyrolytic facilities thus we have a cost advantage. Being smaller, we can build a 10,000-pounds plastic (1,000 gallons of fuel) per day small enough to mount on the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck, or deck of a ship, thus the entire process is mobile. Its small size and mobility make it both a Disruptive and a Distributive Technology.
In addition to converting a pollutant to energy, our Plastic-to-Fuel process has additional benefits. In 2017, The Department of Energy (Argonne National Laboratory) reported their comparison of the environmental cost of making diesel fuel the traditional way from crude oil versus making it from plastic via a pyrolytic depolymerization process. The pyrolytic process transitioned the plastic to a synthetic crude oil which was then converted to fuel at a conventional petroleum refinery. Our process bypasses the crude oil step and provides diesel directly from the plastic.
The report indicates the Plastic-to-Fuel resulted in:
1. up to 14 percent reduction of greenhouse gasses,
2. up to 58 percent reduction of energy usage,
3. up to 96 percent reduction of traditional water usage, and
4. reduced sulfur oxide emissions; unlike most crude oils, plastic contains almost no sulfur!
Plastic has only been with us for 100 years, becoming invaluable as it extends the shelf life of our food supply, provides our clothes, carpet, and automobiles . Hospitals cannot function without plastic. Yet, its use-once-and-discard model creates a pollutant that occupies over 30 percent of our landfill space, it does not decompose, and it finds its way into the worlds rivers, streams, and ultimately the oceans.
By converting plastic to fuel, we can reclaim the energy value of plastic, create renewable fuel, and rid the planet of a pollutant. With this new patented technology, we can move plastic from the Linear Economy to the Circular Economy.
As defined by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:
· Design out waste and pollution
· Keep products and materials in use
· Regenerate natural systems
In July 2018 a team of four Chemical Engineers from Ireland spent a week at Dr. Ramesh’s EcoFuel Technologies Lab in Livonia Michigan where they examined and operated the demonstration unit. Their final examination included buying a new lawnmower at the local Home Depot and fueling it with some of the gasoline they made during the week, (PTF conversion units make gasoline, diesel, JP-5, JP-8, etc.). The mower, after starting on the first pull, was allowed to run for an extended period. The spark plug was removed and examined. Upon finding it unblemished and the cylinder pristine, the Irish team immediately bought the rights to build and sell the units in Europe and are now planning their own 500 pound per day demonstration reactor. Dr. Ramesh is in similar negotiations with a companies in Ghana and India.
EcoFuel Technologies, Inc. researches, develops, and commercializes catalytic technologies that generate fuel from plastic waste. It offers a table-top demonstration reactor that processes and directly converts plastic to fuel. EcoFuel Technologies creates value from waste. Commercial units will range in size from 10,000 pound per day (1,000 gallons per day) to hundreds of thousands of gallons. The company is based in Livonia, Michigan.
Our catalytic plastic-to-fuel reactors are less expensive than the units they replace. ROI is on the order of 2 to 5 years, depending on unit size and market conditions. We plan to begin building units for the European market next year. We are currently seeking investors to begin manufacturing in the United States. We need your help spreading the word and collecting funds to begin manufacturing commercial units.
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