Kloczew, Friday August 10, 2012
John Boyd Dunlop first invented the rubber tire so his son could ride his bike more comfortably in the streets of Belfast in 1887 and it wasn’t until 1898 some forty years after Charles Goodyears death that Frank Seiberling patented the vulcanized rubber tire and founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in memory of Charles Goodyear.
Over a century later SOLIDEA Group offer a profitable turnkey Waste to Energy tire solution that actually has a positive environmental impact. PowerCan® 200 is possible thanks to the development of “low heat plasma” technology. By reforming “Syngases” effectively at temperatures far lower than most Plasma Arc, PowerCan® 200 significantly reduced the parasitic energy in its operating system to less than 5% of the gross energy produced and none of the net specified energy. It’s this energy saving which has now changed the course of WtE technology.
“PowerCan® 200 is a highly profitable stand alone system which has now replaced the Plasma Arc” Says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker “Plasma Arc always was the gas guzzler of the Plasma Waste to Energy Solutions, even on a good day large installations often use more energy than they produce; that’s why Plasma Arc has been replaced by a newer far more efficient and reliable technology”
PowerCan® 200 was designed to provide local solutions, PowerCan® 200 MSW, TDF and GTL program will roll out many PowerCan® 200 as it goes into mass production in 2013. In-A-Can solutions for tires is already a big hit in Africa with many other planned joint ventures around the world especially in the Middle East.
PowerCan® 200 TDF business model advocates the tires are left at the forecourt and the buyers deposit is returned. The tires are shredded to reduce bulk and made ready for collection. A central Crumb Station reduces the tire shreds to small crumb and mat, the steel is recovered and recycled the crumb is then returned to the gas station as feedstock for PowerCan® 200. SOLIDEA Group operators are planning to run mobile shredding rigs in tandem to reduce historic caches and to ensure a good supply of feedstock for many years.
PowerCan® 200 is connected to the grid at the gas station where a connection is already established. TDF produces Syngas at the gas station which is fed into a gas genset which in turn produces electricity and heat. PowerCan® 200 can provide gas or it can be tapped as Syndiesel and readily mixed with normal diesel. PowerCan® 200 is adaptable and can be relied on to run on many different feedstock even consuming all local waste.
PowerCan® 200 is an ideal gas station partner as practically all gas stations already have a 200kW connection on site, SOLIDEA Group offer gas station operators several opportunities to produce all their own energy and even subsidize their fuel supply, being movable PowerCan® 200 systems can readily be relocated on operators alternative sites
World Bank ranks Poland no 34 globally for car ownership, more than 500 vehicles for every 1000 population and with an indigenous population of over 38 million people a lot of tires are discarded every year. There is an estimated 140 million tires in landfills tire caches are strewn around the Polish countryside in forests, fields and in ditches, its estimated that over 126 thousand tons of crumb rubber feedstock is already discarded in Poland.
PowerCan® 200 processes vehicle tires for economic gain, gasification makes tires extinct for outright environmental benefit through 100% gasification. The Syngas TDF being produced was already tested on the PowerCan® 200 test ramp in 2012, which was converted from local crumb rubber, demonstrates very low emissions, far cleaner than any current LPG or Propane technology.
Gasification converts feedstock to Carbon Monoxide [CO] and Hydrogen [H2] there are no emissions in the gasification process there is no further environmental impact.
On the other hand technology such as Pyrolysis and Incineration converts feedstock into Carbon Dioxide [CO2] and water [H2O] which are released into the atmosphere by smoke and steam. These technologies were the reason why landfill became the norm in the 1960’s
Gasification and the production of Syngas and Syndiesel is nothing new but developing new technologies around Gliding Arc technology has made it very economical, and with huge caches of used tires all over our planet and a never ending hunger for energy, the PowerCan® 200 systems certainly have many Goodyears ahead.