Energy-from-waste system will target low value plastics, scrap rubber, carpeting and electronic scrap.
RES Polyflow, an Akron, Ohio-based manufacturer of energy recovery systems, has announced that it is nearing completion of its first full scale energy recovery facility in Northeast Ohio. The company expects the operation to act as a demonstration facilities by the spring.
The facility, partly funded by an Advanced Energy Program Grant from the Ohio Third Frontier program, will feature a continuous feed waste to energy conversion process that produces oil from end-of-life plastics and rubber. The project broke ground in the fall of 2012 and is located in the Cleveland area.
Officer Jay Schabel, RES Polyflow’s CEO, says, “We are now scheduling visits with interested customers who recognize the strong financial returns of our robust technology. RES Polyflow has taken a very disciplined approach to commercialization by first proving the chemistry through our pilot phase, underpinning the uniqueness of the technology with process and equipment patents and now showing the vitality of the process at scale.”
In conjunction with the RES Polyflow facility launch, a fuels analysis laboratory at the Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has been commissioned. Students at the university will test and characterize liquid fuel produced by RES Polyflow’s facilities using the lab equipment. Funding for the lab was achieved through a Wright Capital Grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency.
RES Polyflow’s product targets the possibility of converting end-of-life mixed plastics, rubber scrap, carpeting and electronic scrap into a viable energy product. While traditionally much of this material was landfilled, RES Polyflow says its continuous feed process equipment will be able to converts the material into renewable transportation fuels, octane enhancers and aromatics using a patented waste to energy conversion process.