The Czech green tech start-up Plastoil Europe has developed recycling technology that can turn most ordinary plastic waste into oil.
The company’s first fully functional mobile unit – over eight years in the making – was recently unveiled and will be brought to market this year.
Optimus, as the company calls its mobile technology for converting plastic waste into oil, works through the chemical process of “thermal depolymerisation”.
In essence, intense heat decomposes plastic polymers, which are reformed and distilled back into a synthetic liquid form – reversing the original process used to produce such goods from petroleum products.
Optimus can process, for example, PVC and PET bottles, used yoghurt containers, polystyrene food packaging and plastic shopping bags – the kind of everyday packaging environmentally minded consumers out in ubiquitous yellow recycling bins.
The resulting oil may be used in industry directly – for example, in the petrochemical, refinery, power, and transport industries –made into an ecological fuel, or recycled plastic.
Chemical engineer Lubomír Lukač, a consultant on the project, explains: “There is no difference between this product and one made from petroleum. It means it can end up in either in petrol or diesel fuel. As for plastics, it basically ends up in pure polyethylene, in pure polypropylene, in pure polystyrene.”
Optimus reliably converts 1 kg of plastic sorted material with a maximum consumption of 1kWh to 1 litre of quality raw material – oil. Optimus is housed in its own ISO container (to facilitate shipping and truck transport) and readily connects to multiple devices (modules) together, to boost the scale of production.
Petr Kalianko, CEO of Plastoil Europe, explained: “Most potential customers are waste companies, or municipal companies, and waste management operators. But there are also customers who are independent investors looking for opportunities to turn waste into resources.”
Source: https://english.radio.cz; Czech Television
Prepared by the team of CzechTrade / CzechInvest Israel