Hoyerswerda, 21 January 2019 – At first glance, a compact machine that produces fuel from waste oils or contaminated diesel and heating oil, which can be used to refuel vehicles or generate electricity, sounds more like science fiction. But with WASTX Oil, BIOFABRIK Technologies from Saxony offers just such a decentralized treatment solution. Using an attractive partner model, waste disposal companies can produce diesel from gas oil waste in accordance with DIN EN 590. In a BIOFABRIK pilot project, a freight forwarder in Hoyerswerda now refuels its vehicle fleet daily with fuel extracted from mineral oil waste by a WASTX Oil. For the Chinese market, a cooperation agreement was also signed with the Institute of New Technology Wuhan (INEW), where a WASTX Oil plant has already been commissioned.
Worldwide, 80 million barrels of crude oil are consumed every day – and the trend is rising. About half (45%) of this is used for transport and logistics, i.e. as fuel and lubricant for the operation of combustion engines. This results in large quantities of waste oil – an estimated 25 million tonnes per year. Only a fraction of the amount is recycled, the majority is incinerated, landfilled or, in the worst case, ends up in the environment, where it contaminates soils and waters. Waste oil can be reprocessed using special refinery processes and fed into existing material cycles for reuse. Every litre of diesel or heating oil that is polluted contains more than 90 percent recyclable fuel.
The WASTX Oil Partner Model – Decentralized Recycling of Waste Oils
In industrial nations such as Germany, approx. 80 percent of used oil is recycled today. Waste oils are considered hazardous waste and there are strict guidelines for their proper disposal. Disposers and collection points, however, achieve only very low margins. This makes BIOFABRIK’s partner model all the more attractive: partners such as waste disposal companies, collection points or municipalities operate an individually dimensioned, compact WASTX Oil plant with a footprint of around two Europlates with which they clean the waste oils they produce directly on site into fuel. The WASTX-Oil technology is based on a process specially developed by BIOFABRIK.
The raw material is distilled in a patented process. A special energy input system in the main reactor heats the raw material within a few milliseconds. This fast and yet very gentle process effectively separates the impurities and efficiently transfers the oil fraction into the gas phase.
The gas phase is then separated into predefined and controlled fractions from heavy to light boilers in a special rectification process previously reserved for the heavy oil industry. This results in different distillate qualities. Fuels suitable for engines are discharged, unclean fractions repeat the process until they are completely separated into usable and waste components.
The WASTX OIl systems run fully automatically – if required also energy self-sufficient – in 24/7 mode and produce up to 2,000 litres of fuel per unit from polluted gas oils per day. With optional self-supply via the built-in generator, a WASTX Oil consumes only a fraction of the resulting fuel itself. The residual materials separated during the cleaning process (approx. 10%) can be disposed of conventionally. Depending on the quantity of waste oil delivered, the number of asset units can be scaled. The fuel produced from gas oil residues complies with DIN EN 590 for diesel. A hazardous waste thus becomes a marketable product that is many times more valuable and can be traded easily.
Forwarding agent in Hoyerswerda fills up its fleet with regional recycling diesel
In the concrete application example, a WASTX Oil plant is currently processing contaminated diesel or heating oil collected locally in and around Hoyerswerda into fuel on a daily basis. The forwarding company Bresan GbR Transports and building materialsa local haulage company with 40-tonne articulated lorries, already fills up a quarter of its fleet every week with about 5,000 litres of fuel from gas oil waste at a price that is always well below the current market price at the filling station.
This creates a clear win-win-win situation for all sides: The disposer gets significantly more for his treated mineral oil waste. than before, when they were declared hazardous waste. The customer in turn saves fuel costs. In the case of a freight forwarder or bus company, these are quickly five-digit sums per month.
In addition, there are the transport costs which the waste disposal company saves by decentralised treatment with the WASTX Oil plant, whereas in the past it had to bring the waste oil to a central treatment or recycling plant such as a large refinery. Up to 93 percent of transport-related CO2 can be saved. The business model is not only interesting for traditional waste disposal companies, but also for customers such as airlines, ports or municipalities.
WASTX Oil is thus the first decentralized and energy-autonomous compact refinery for waste containing oil – ready for operation at any location worldwide.
Cooperation with the Institute of New Technology Wuhan (INEW), China
For the Chinese market, a sales partnership was concluded with the Institute of New Energy Wuhan (INEW). INEW has acquired its own WASTX Oil facility for this purpose, which was recently commissioned. Within the framework of the cooperation, it will primarily serve as a demonstration plant for the Chinese market.
“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. This turns an almost worthless problem substance into a tradable resource. The energy of a daily production of WASTX Oil is sufficient for the complete supply of 2,000 people around the clock with safe energy from a previous hazardous waste.” 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.
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