For some plastics, a direct recycling solution does not exist. If however, depolymerisation is used, many of these materials represent a cost-effective means of fuelling energy production systems. Provided processes are managed in an environmentally responsible manner and emissions are adequately controlled, energy from such sources can address an environmental problem and simultaneously reduce the need for fossil-fuelled energy.
Orthios is implementing such a technology. A unique polymer processing solution, that decomposes plastics into a mix of reusable oils, gas and heat.
The facility will convert industrial scale tonnages of non-recyclable clean, sorted plastics on an annual basis, and the unit will produce commercially relevant volumes of oil on a daily basis, commencing January 2020.
This facility will not only remove harmful plastics from landfill and the oceans, but will also generate electricity for the National Grid, provide a zero sulphur oil for industry, and a high quality char that can be processed for use in filters. This is accomplished with virtually zero emissions, and the exothermic heat extracted can be used in the Orthios Combined Food & Power™ approach to support those industries on site.