Australian recycler looks at hydrogen production from old tyres

Australian tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies Corporation (GDTC) has announced a new technology that will see them turn end-of-life tyres into hydrogen.

The company aims to solve the environmental issue of mass waste being created by old tyres through their innovative technology that converts old tyres back to high-value carbon, oil and steel. Their latest development can now take the carbon raw material and turn it into hydrogen.

“Once you have a carbon source at negative cost, through the destruction of a difficult to dispose of waste, such as tyres, many reduction technologies become commercial including secondary water gas reactions to produce hydrogen for subsequent use in efficient hydrogen cell electricity production,” said Dr. Denis Randall, Chief Technical Officer at GDTC.

Dr. Randall has said that although their tyre recycling technology was already a commercial reality, the additional developments show that the process can go much further than just the breakdown of the old tyres.

The company was created in 2009 in the small country town of Warren, New South Wales. From the original production site, the company has since expanded into a 21-hectre facility, just north of the town.

GDTC is set to expand the capacity of their current plant with the installation of an additional processing module, which will double their production output capacity.

As more investment funds become available, the company plans to extend further, with up to six operating modules. The balance of these modules will allow the plant to handle the full design capacity of 19,300 tonnes of tyres.

“Clearly, investment funds are vitally important and you have to spend money to make money and our aim is to get the Warren plant to full capacity so we can not only provide positive proof of our technology, but the economics of our process through the sale of the oil, carbon and steel we produce,” said Trevor Bayley, Chief Operating Officer of GTD.

Work on the expansion is already in progress and is expected to be completed by April 2021

Source: GDTC media releases 

9 November 2020

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