EMR, Chinook Sciences Form Commercial Scale Enterprise

Companies form joint project to convert ASR into energy.

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November 16, 2009
Recycling Today Staff
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Chinook Sciences Ltd. and European Metal Recycling Ltd. (EMR), one of the world’s largest recycling companies, have formed a commercial-scale joint venture to convert automobile shredder residue (ASR) into renewable electricity and recover and recycle metal in the process.

The joint venture, Innovative Environmental Solutions U.K. Ltd., is designed to process 120,000 tonnes of auto shredder residue per year using Chinook’s RODECS gasification system. The RODECS system is designed to gasify the ASR, destroy harmful emissions, recover all material with value—primarily metal—for recycling, reduce greenhouse gases on a net basis and generate about 30 megawatts of electricity.

"This alliance with Chinook Sciences is very exciting and a further significant step toward our goal of achieving 95 percent recycling and recovery from our shredding operation and thereby further improving the impact on the environment," said David Ireland, EMR’s director of technical services.

Rifat Chalabi, chairman of Chinook Sciences, said, "Partnering with EMR is part of the Chinook Sciences Beyond Landfill Global Initiative, which is designed to form joint ventures with environmentally conscious companies looking for advanced technology to recover valuables and convert waste into renewable energy. A unique and very attractive feature of our technology is the creation of a very large negative carbon footprint."