News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

May 14, 2019

Pyrolyx plans to add second U.S. recovered carbon black plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 9:30 am

Recovered carbon black producer Pyrolyx A.G. is progressing with plans for a second plant in the U.S., to be built adjacent to one under construction in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pyrolyx is also in the process of moving its headquarters from Munich to Terre Haute. Construction on the plant is expected to start in the third quarter.

The plant under construction has a rated annual capacity of nearly 13,000 metric tons of recovered carbon black, which translates to about 4 million tires recycled a year.

The company has raised $2.3 million from the sale of equity capital in Pyrolyx A.G. and has access to a $4.5 million loan facility from Pyrolyx USA Inc. for funding.

Pyrolyx recently disclosed a non-binding five-year agreement to supply up to 15,000 tons of rCB a year to tire maker Continental A.G. from its plants in Stegelitz, Germany, and Terre Haute.

Here’s the press release.

Black Bear and MMEC join forces

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 9:05 am

Clean tech company Black Bear has entered into a strategic partnership with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm MMEC Mannesmann (MMEC) to accelerate the roll-out of its breakthrough technology to produce recovered Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tires.

“To meet the growing demand for rCB and receive a substantial impact to meet the waste tire problem, we need to roll-out our proven technology,” explained Joost Raimond, Construction Director at Black Bear.

“Being in the EPC industry for many years, I know that the partnership with MMEC is a game-changer in our time-to-market as we now can offer real turn-key plant realization to clients who want to use our technology.”

The rCB is Cradle-to-CradleTM certified and is already used by major clients, including AkzoNobel.

The initial focus will be on already identified sites together with partners inside Europe. Given MMEC’s strong presence in the Middle East, this region will also see Black Bear facilities emerging in the future.

Read the full press release here.

March 22, 2019

New Danish pyrolysis plant will recycle 30,000 tons of tires a year

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:05 pm

The Danish company Elysium Nordic is building its first pyrolysis plant in Nyborg, Denmark, and it will be operational by 2021. The plant will be able to recover more than 9,000 tons of carbon black from 30,000 tons of ELT.

“We want to help create a more circular and thus far more sustainable and economically sound approach to the management of waste tires. With this facility we have taken the first step,” says Jens Elton Andersen, CEO of WindSpace, the team behind Elysium Nordic.

Read the full press release here (original in Danish).

March 21, 2019

Enviro sees growth potential in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:08 pm

Recovered carbon black manufacturer Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B. has its sights set on North America, a region where it sees great potential for growth as it moves forward with joint venture initiatives.

With joint venture projects with EE TDF Cleveland L.L.C of Cleveland, Texas, and Treadcraft Ltd., near Buffalo, N.Y., progressing as planned, Enviro is seeking a third U.S.-based opportunity in Maryland.

In Canada, Enviro has signed a memorandum of understanding with Regina, Saskatchewan-based ArticCan Energy Services Inc.

The Swedish recycling company believes there is more room for growth in both countries.

“There are several reasons why we are more active than ever in North America. The market’s need for carbon black is expected to increase as the establishment of virgin production is becoming increasingly difficult due to stricter regulations and penalties, implemented to overcome the environmental problems created by the existing carbon black production”, says Thomas Sörensson.

Read the full press release here.

January 30, 2019

RISE: Tire-derived oil can be used as fuel

Filed under: Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:59 pm

According to a recent report by the EU Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts Group(RISE), along with Enviro and Ragn-Sells, pyrolysis oil derived from end-of-life tires can be used as fuel.

The research project, that kicked off in October 2017, set out to evaluate three different approaches for upgrading pyrolysis oil to higher grade products, with a special focus on co-upgrading to fuels together with fossil raw materials in refinery processes.

“We’re currently at a stage where we’ve demonstrated that fuel can be produced from tires and that pyrolysis oil is a feasible way for the petrochemical industries to reduce their consumption of fossil oil,” says Linda Sandström, project manager at RISE.

“For the project, we characterized and upgraded pyrolysis oil through various refinery technologies. At RISE Energy Technology Centre’s laboratory in Piteå, we conducted pilot-scale experiments where we compared upgrading pure fossil oil to oil with 20 per cent pyrolysis oil. The findings showed that that there were no significant differences between the two, and that pyrolysis oil is excellently suited to fuels.”

“We’re looking for a refinery that’s willing to accept pyrolysis oil as a raw material for production and thereby start reducing its consumption of fossil oil. Once we’ve shown that the concept can be commercialized and that it’s profitable, the general hope is for the industry to be willing to participate and develop it further,” says Sandström.

For Enviro, the goal of its development efforts with RISE and Ragn-Sells is for pyrolysis oil to be priced on the basis of its value to the petrochemical industry as a fuel as well as from the perspective of sustainability.

“We’re extracting about 500 kilos pyrolysis oil from 1 ton of tires by means of Enviro’s patented technology. With a plant that processes 30,000 tons of tires annually, that’s approx. 14,000 tons of oil per year available for the market. In other words, the financial potential is substantial. We’re looking forward to continuing the project and to explore the environmental and commercial benefits further,” says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.

Read the full press release here.

January 17, 2019

Recovered Carbon Black conference coming to Berlin in May

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:44 am

Smithers Rapra along with Wolfersdorff Consulting have announced a new conference, the Recovered Carbon Black Congress, to be held May 21-22, 2019 in Berlin. The new conference is an extension of Smithers Rapra’s successful Carbon Black World conference, which is held every other year (most recently in Dusseldorf, Germany in September 2018). The Recovered Carbon Black Congress will address the commercial challenges and long-term potential for recovered carbon black, which is material recovered from scrap tires.  The  conference will include a range of technical discussions to provide a platform for the recovered carbon black supply chain to identify the challenges and solutions to drive forward this process. Notch Consulting will be delivering a paper during this conference covering the long-term commercial prospects for rCB.

 

November 12, 2018

Black Bear secures $5.7 million to advance recovered carbon black technology

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 11:22 am

Dutch cleantech company Black Bear Carbon B.V. has raised $5.7 million from venture capital firms Capricorn Venture Partners and Particon. This funding, combined with the money it raised in early September, will support advancements in its recovered carbon black (rCB) technology as well as the global roll-out of its “cradle-to-cradle” system.

Black Bear has developed a “tire to carbon black” technology with a unique carbonization process to produce rCB from end-of-life tires.

Capricorn Venture Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in innovative European technology companies. It is based in Leuven, Belgium.

Particon is an independent venture capital firm in Limburg, Netherlands.

Read the full press release here.

September 11, 2018

Tire recycler Black Bear is expanding

Filed under: Tire Recycling — Notch @ 4:40 pm

Rubber & Plastics News reports that Black Bear, a Dutch tire recycling company, has raised $12.8 million to refine its recovered carbon black (rCB) technology and start the global roll out of its cradle-to-cradle system. Black Bear has formed a new consortium with four partners: ING Group, investment firms 5square and Social Impact Ventures, and the Thai conglomerate SCG.

Black Bear’s industrial-scale prototype plant is located in Nederweert, Netherlands. It is capable of processing 1 million waste tires annually, thereby producing 5,000 metric tons each of rCB and bio-fuel, 3,000 tons of steel and one megawatt hour of green electricity per year. The new partnership aims to build up to 1,000 such plants worldwide.

July 6, 2018

​Enviro signs MoU with Treadcraft to build tire recycling plant in USA

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 2:49 pm

Enviro has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Treadcraft Limited to establish a new recycling plant in the city of Buffalo, New York.

The project has great support from both the State of New York and the city of Buffalo. The ambition is to start the project at the end of this year, says Thomas Sörensson, CEO Enviro.

The agreement is valid for a period of 6 months and applies to a recycling plant of minimum 30,000 tons of end-of-life tires per year.

Read the full press release here.

July 3, 2018

Sustainable materials key to vehicle, tire industry growth

Filed under: Tire Recycling, Tires — Notch @ 3:22 pm

Finding new, sustainable materials for automobiles and auto parts is a crucial part of developing breakthrough solutions for future mobility, Group Michelin and Ford Motor Co. executives said at the recent Movin’On 2018 conference in Montreal.

With the increase in consumers numbering in the billions in the coming decade, there will also be a “tremendous increase in demand for raw materials in the automotive sector, but traditional materials such as natural rubber, steel and petroleum feedstocks for synthetic rubber are in finite supply,” said Francois Masson, leader of Michelin’s recycling program.

“The traditional production model is very linear,” he said. “You make products, you use them, and you dispose of them. We must reconsider that model.”

“The goal is to discover how to increase the uptake of sustainable materials,” he said. “In the design of new mobility products, we need a more sustainable, circular economic model with shorter-loop recycling.”

According to Deborah Mielewski, senior technical leader, materials sustainability at Ford, Ford has always been in the vanguard of researching sustainable materials, beginning with Henry Ford himself.

“Henry Ford believed that agriculture and industry should work together in the development of plant-based materials,” she said. “Once a great idea, always a great idea.”

Historically, Ford has used soybeans in car parts and agricultural byproducts such as wheat straw for steering wheels. Soybeans and wheat straw are far from the only plant-based products Ford uses today, the Ford exec said. The auto maker uses coconut hulls for truck mats, cellulose from tree fiber, pulp from the lumber industry, flax fiber, and rice hulls for parts in the F-150 pickup, she said. “There’s a huge excess of tomato seeds and peels from the tomato processing industry,” she said. “We’re drying that material and using it as a reinforcing fiber in plastics.”

Ford is also collaborating with companies in other industries, such as Coca-Cola Co. and Nike Inc., and Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña, S.A. de C.V, Ms. Mielewski said.

Referenced article found here.

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