1 September 2018
Anyone involved in the management of end-of-life tyres, would have heard pyrolysis and gasification being touted as perfect circular economy recycling solutions.
With the promise of high temperature thermal processing resulting in products such as oil, synthetic gas, carbon black and steel; the technology sounds almost too good to be true.
To separate fact from fiction, TSA initiated a detailed study to establish both the technical capabilities of the technologies and the commercial considerations for funding and building of thermal processing plants.
Tyre Pyrolysis and Gasification Technologies – A brief Guide for Government and Industry – is a report that reviews the efficacy of both technologies, looks at the global history of operating plants and, most importantly, considers the economic and end-product market factors that are critical to commercial viability in the Australian market.
According to TSA Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe: “The motivation of the guide was to provide industry thought leadership on both, often promoted, emerging technologies as possible recycling solutions and to better inform Government, the tyre industry, pyrolysis proponents and those considering investment in such technologies.”
“We believe the guide, by providing a high level of analysis and technical and economic detail, will be an aid to decision making around proposed facilities. No one technology will meet the waste tyre environmental challenge on its own. The best result will most likely come from a combination of options. The guide is a tool to assist decision making by providing greater and objective information.”
The guide can be downloaded here.
A full report on thermal tyre processing technologies, from which the guide is taken, is also available from TSA, by request.