It has been a bit quiet around us for the past few months. But we want to stay true to our credo and only speak when we have something to say - the digital sphere is filled with lots of irrelevant information. So while we silently continue to work on our technology for processing plastic waste into clean fuel, we devoted ourselves to yet another problem - and solved it.
Every day, the world consumes 80 millions of barrels of crude oil - and rising. But the production of plastics, fuel or consumer goods as well as the operation of combustion engines for transport, energy and industry leaves an invisible and neglected trace: used oils. While industrialized nations such as Germany have more or less explicit and controlled guidelines for the disposal of these hazardous substances, they represent an unresolved problem in most parts of the world. Up to 95% of waste oils simply end up in canalization, forests, open waters or deserts - a hardly noticed and gigantic environmental problem!
25 millions of tons of used oil are estimated to be produced worldwide every year. This corresponds to a chain of one million juxtaposed articulated lorries with a length of 23.000 kilometers - a distance longer than from the north to the south pole. At the same time, the American Petroleum Institute estimates the amount of water that is contaminated by a single liter of waste oil to be one million liters.
So assuming that two thirds of the world's waste oil were properly disposed of, or at least used, and only a third would enter the water cycle - a more than optimistic estimate - about eight billion tonnes of water would still be permanently contaminated. This roughly corresponds to the amount of water that consumes the world's population of drinking water a year!
In addition, there would be enough energy of these XNUMX millions of tons of used oil to permanently provide stable and inexpensive energy to the XNUMX countries with the weakest power supply in the world (Source: CIA Factbook XNUMX Link to country overview ). Countries where often no or only unsteady electric power is available. With the known effects on the industry and thus the prosperity of the population.
According to a study by the Department of Energy, in the Philippines alone, 95% of the annually produced 240 million liters of used oil are burned or buried, thus ending up in rivers, groundwater and the oceans. They expedite the greenhouse effect, destroy entire ecosystems, end up in our food through livestock and fish and form the basis for a whole arsenal of diseases. The example of the Philippines can be transferred to just about every developing and emerging country. This shows what dimensions of the problem we are talking about and it is surprising, that the general public is so insufficiently informed about this topic.
We witnessed fishermen in the Orinoco Delta, one of Venezuela's last remaining natural rainforest areas, draining the engine oil from their boats in the river, while their wives washed their clothes ten meters down the river and bathed the children in that same river as well. This example shows that there is not just a technical problem we have to solve, but above all a lot of educational work we have to do. Let's go for it.
Based on our core process of converting plastic to fuel, we have therefore used a completely new process: over the course of the last twelve months we have developed a plant to rebuild waste oils . Thereby emerge clean fuels and thus electric power . The residues contained in and separated from the used oil usually do not exceed 20% of the utilized waste oil and can be disposed of conventionally. Due to its low price and the compact design, the units can be operated at any location - whether it is a small village, disposer or deep sea vessel.
A single unit can process up to 1.000 liters of used oil per day, providing enough energy to reliably power 200 households up to 24 hours a day. One liter of used oil turns around 0,8 liters of reusable fuel. In combination with the optionally available and specially developed generators, these systems could in future provide stable power to entire areas of the country and thus convert a problem into a solution.
Potential customers such as airlines, ports, municipalities or waste disposal companies benefit from several advantages over large-scale refineries:
- The plants are where the waste is generated. An expensive and environmentally harmful transport of waste oil becomes obsolete.
- Through this special process, the most diverse types of mixed waste oils can be processed. Pre-sorting or dewatering is eliminated, the resulting fuel can easily be converted into electric power or, depending on the quality, sold as fuel.
- Compliance with all German environmental standards guarantees clean exhaust gases, safe operation and compliance with the highest safety standards despite the compact design.
- Through a unique licensing system, the waste material becomes a highly profitable raw material - with unlimited support from the manufacturer.
- All systems are fully automated, online monitored and controlled by the customer in real time online and per app. Supervision and monitoring costs are reduced to a minimum, and worldwide support ensures the stable and profitable operation of the system.
- On request, refueling stations, generators or other options are available, as well as billing systems for those people who bring their used oil to the plant.
Thus, for the first time there is a comprehensive system for the holistic and sustainable treatment of waste oils of all origins from a single source. Inexpensive, highly automated, easy to use and ready to use.
Already within the first weeks after internal publication of the project we received inquiries from all parts of the world. From Ethiopia to China, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Australia and Indonesia, all the way to Serbia, Qatar and yes, Germany. Our task now is to build up a stable large-scale production unit including an efficient support. Further, to ensure that the resource "waste oil" is perceived as raw material source just like plastic waste, rather than as a problem. Only then it is possible to reconcile ecological and economic needs.
But at least as important: we must sensitize the societies for this so far uncared problem and we have to do it all together. As long as nobody knows of the extent the problem oil has, no one will start with the solution. To do so, we will raise awareness of the issue at global conventions and meetings and need your help: Share the message to get attention. This has worked with CFCs, it will work on climate change and it could work on waste oil and plastic waste. Be part of it!