Perth, Australia based Tytec Recycling is to open a facility that will turn difficult to recycle off the road (OTR) tyres used in applications such mining and agriculture into energy.
According to the company the plant will use Edison Award-winning technology from Green Distillation Technologies Corporation (GDTC) – a one-step process claimed to convert OTR tyres into high-quality steel, diesel oil and carbon.
Tytec Recycling added that holds an exclusive global technology license for the Destructive Distillation process for OTR and agricultural tyres,
"We've been working on a way to efficiently recycle OTR tyres for the past nine years," explained Brett Fennell, chairman of Tytec Recycling. "Tytec Recycling is collaborating with GDTC to establish an environmentally friendly way to turn old earthmoving tyres into a renewable energy source."
Tytec Recycling said that used OTR tyres are buried under mining dumps or stacked in EPA-approved areas around mine sites.
However, according to Fennel "there are plenty of ways to break down tyres but none of them are effective for OTR tyres”.
The company explained that most tyre recycling requires up to six steps, including removing the steel beading from tyres, cutting the tyres into small pieces, then shredding or grinding the tyre cuttings.
The final step in the recycling preparation is to perform magnetic sorting to remove any remaining steel for crumb rubber sales. Crumb rubber is commonly used in athletic surfaces, playgrounds and equestrian footings. However, the larger the tyre, the more costly, maintenance intensive and difficult each step becomes.
According to Tytec Recycling , in order to extract oil and carbon from old tyres, an additional process is required using pyrolysis reactors.
"The Destructive Distillation process used by Tytec Recycling allows a whole OTR tyre to be recycled in a single step," said Fennell. "We're using continuous heating technology that's incredibly energy efficient and results in extremely low emissions."
"Our reactors operate at a much lower temperature and pressure, providing the added advantage of being safer for system operators and reducing the wear and tear on the plant," he continued.
The result of the distillation process is said to be reclaimed steel, carbon and diesel of saleable quality. All emissions were claimed meet or exceed EPA, European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Australian Department of Environment Regulation (DER) standards and approvals.
"We're currently on track to begin OTR recycling in June 2016 and will open our purpose-built recycling center in Perth in January 2017, then Queensland soon after," said Fennell.
Tytec Recycling added that is will attend MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas this September to showcase the process and explore potential opportunities to expand the company to other locations around the globe.
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