A new facility by Greenergy aims to use tires as feedstock for low-carbon and low-sulfur fuel production. According to the company, tires will be pyrolyzed to produce oil that will then be catalytically converted into fuel using a process called HydroFlex, developed by the specialist Haldor Topsoe. A process that recovers carbon black will also be implemented to further aid the production of new tires and industrial rubber products.
Christian Flach, CEO of Greenergy, said, “We have been exploring innovative ways to produce liquid fuels from different waste products to continue to create new forms of development fuels and deliver further carbon savings in the years ahead. This milestone for the project is a key part of our strategy to expand our industry-leading renewables business. Our customers will continue to benefit from our integrated approach to manufacturing and blending of renewable fuels.”
The multi-functional facility – the first of its kind, according to Greenergy – will be located at the Thames Enterprise Park, east of London, UK, and is subject to planning approval. The intention is to commence commercial production in 2025, with an option to include an independent plant capable of producing SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) using the same Hydroflex technology. In the first phase, the company will process up to 300 tons of shredded tires each day.
Fei Chen, senior vice president of clean fuels and chemical technology at Haldor Topsoe, commented, “We are very happy that Greenergy has selected Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology for this innovative project. We are excited to work closely with Greenergy and their partners to build the world’s first commercial plant to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from waste tires in the near future. This is very much in line with Topsoe’s vision to be recognized as the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024.”