Oil Waste to Energy – Sustainable Treatment of Waste Oil

Oil Waste to Energy – Sustainable and decentralised treatment of waste oil:

Waste oil is one of the biggest global environmental problems – BIOFABRIK offers a decentralized solution with WASTX Oil

Dresden, 18 September 2018 – According to the American Petroleum Institute, a single litre of waste oil can contaminate up to one million litres of drinking water. This is a water cube with an edge length of 10 meters! Worldwide, around 25 million tons of waste oil are produced every year, up to 95 percent of which are incinerated, landfilled or landfilled in nature¹. If the energy of the annual waste oil could be used, the 85 weakest countries in the world could be supplied with energy permanently, stably and inexpensively². The company BIOFABRIK Technologies from Dresden now offers a decentralized solution that promises to solve exactly this problem.

Waste oil is a waste product worldwide that accumulates in enormous quantities and is usually not recycled, but in most countries is at best disposed of in an environmentally friendly way – i.e. incinerated. Worldwide, an estimated 25 million tons of waste oil are produced every year. This corresponds to a chain of one million articulated lorries lined up in a row with a length of 23,000 kilometres – a distance longer than from the North Pole to the South Pole.

At the same time, the American Petroleum Institute puts the amount of water contaminated by a single litre of waste oil at one million litres. If we were to assume that two thirds of the waste oil produced worldwide would be disposed of properly and that only one third would end up in nature and the water cycle – a more than optimistic estimate – around eight billion tonnes of water would still be permanently contaminated each year. This corresponds approximately to the amount of drinking water that the world population consumes per year!

While industrial nations such as Germany have strict guidelines for the disposal of these hazardous substances, by far the largest part of the world still has an unsolved problem. Take the Philippines, for example: 240 million litres of waste oil are produced there every year, most of which is incinerated, but waste oil is often dumped illegally into the ground or into water bodies and ends up in groundwater, rivers and the sea, destroying entire ecosystems and ultimately ending up in the human food chain. Without dramatizing, the example of the Philippines can probably be applied to most developing and emerging countries worldwide. In Germany, too, around 500,000 tons of waste oil are produced every year, as well as many times more polluted fuels, lubricants and oil industry waste, most of which has so far been incinerated.

Waste oil would be a valuable raw material if the energy it contains could be reused. Every litre of waste oil, contaminated diesel or heating oil contains more than 90 percent recyclable fuel. With the global amount of waste oil per year, the 85 energy-poorest countries in the world could be supplied with energy in a stable and inexpensive way, which would have a direct positive impact on their industry and thus on the prosperity of the population.


WASTX Oil – New way for old oil

With the WASTX Flash technology, BIOFABRIK has now developed a solution for the processing of liquid oily residues such as waste oil, polluted diesel, fuel oil or marine oils, which would not only solve one of the biggest environmental problems in the long term, but would also open up sources of income for many people. An annoying waste product thus becomes a recyclable material for industry and municipalities.

A WASTX Oil plant the size of a large wardrobe can process up to 1,000 litres of oil waste per day. In a unique process, contaminated fuels are automatically purified, condensed and converted back into usable fuel within a few minutes. Standard crude oil refining processes are combined with completely new distillation and cold cracking technologies. The result is the first decentralised and energy-autonomous compact refinery for waste containing oil – ready to use anywhere in the world.

WASTX Oil needs only a fraction of the fuel itself to convert the waste oil into fuel. This ensures operation with an efficiency of > 75% highly profitable and scalable. For higher requirements, the systems can simply be connected in series. The production process produces basic fuel that can be used in conventional combustion engines and generators. The separated residues (approx. 10%) can be disposed of conventionally. The compact design and an attractive price make it possible to use the systems at any location – whether village, waste disposal company or ocean-going vessel.

“With WASTX Oil, we can supply the world’s first decentralised, fully automatic complete solution for the sustainable recycling of waste containing oil,” explains Oliver Riedel, founder and Managing Director of the BIOFABRIK Group. “Countries in which, on the one hand, energy is not available at all or only sporadically and at high prices, but which, on the other hand, have major problems with the disposal of their waste oil, benefit in particular from our technology. A problematic substance becomes a recyclable material that provides people with income and thus a higher standard of living. The energy of a daily production of WASTX Oil is sufficient for the complete supply of 1,000 people around the clock with safe and climate-neutral energy from a previously problematic substance.” Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator


BIOFABRIK Technologies GmbH

The BIOFABRIK Technologies GmbH group of companies based in Dresden develops and markets innovative technologies and disruptive solutions for the sustainable management of energy, nutrition and waste problems worldwide. BIOFABRIK aims to reduce the destructive extraction of fossil raw materials and focuses on the development of more profitable and climate-neutral business models.

The White Refinery business unit is developing WASTX technology, which enables plastic and oily waste materials to be fully automatically recycled for useful material and energy applications. The chemical compounds of the problem substances are dissolved in the decentralised compact pyrolysis plant and returned to their liquid form – a diesel-like energy carrier remains. The technology turns one kilo of plastic into approx. one litre of fuel and thus up to 10 kilowatt hours of energy. The WASTX technology is the first comprehensive system for holistic and sustainable treatment as well as decentralized energy and heat supply from fuel, obtained from plastic waste or waste oil. The WASTX compact pyrolysis plants can be operated directly where the waste is generated – in industrial plants, ports and communities all over the world.

Further information is available at www.biofabrik.com.


BIOFABRIK Technologies GmbH

Stefan Sweet Milk

Rossendorfer Ring 6

D-01328 Dresden, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0351) 316 28 888

Fax: +49 (351) 79 79 007




BIOFABRIK Technologies GmbH

Hendrik Oeser

Rossendorfer Ring 6

D-01328 Dresden, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0351) 316 28 888

Fax: +49 (351) 79 79 007




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¹ Study of the Department of Energy, related to the Philippines
² CIA Factbook 2017

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