European Metal Recycling is involved a new joint venture potentially worth £51 million to turn shredded car residue into energy using gasification. EMR has partnered with energy-from-waste company Chinook Energy to set up Innovative Environmental Solution UK, which Chinook described as the first commercial scale enterprise of its type.
The plan is to process 120,000 tonnes of material, which includes plastics, glass, textiles, paint and metals, using Chinooks RODECS gasification system. It is expected to produce 30MW a year and recover clean metal from the residue, which is can be 5 to 10 per cent. An undisclosed UK site for the plant is being considered.
Chinook Energy President Bill Gleason told MRW that the gasification technology had been working for nine years.
Its in its 8th generation of design, its pretty developed and so I can say its a proven technology and weve already used it for car residue, Gleason said.
What makes the process unique is that it can pretty much take anything [feedstock]. This makes it ideal for waste.
He said shredded car residue is almost equal to coal, in terms of a gasification feedstock, in its energy content. He also said the company was actively considering e-waste as a feedstock.
EMR director of technical services David Ireland said: This alliance is very exciting and a further significant step toward our goal of achieving 95 per cent recycling and recovery from our shredding operation and thereby further improving the impact on the environment.
This EMR partnership venture follows an earlier deal, in February 2009, with MBA Polymers to build a plant to recover plastics from upgraded shredder residue from recycled cars and electrical goods.
Parent company of Chinook Energy, Chinook Sciences President Dr Rifat Chalabi 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.