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small scale pyrolysis plant for making fuel

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small scale pyrolysis plant for making fuel

16/12/2017 at 19:20

Has anyone out there tried making a small scale pyrolysis plant for the really gross plastic and tires? I’ve been researching them a bit and it doesn’t seem too difficult, if anyone have experience with this process and has any pointers…

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26/07/2018 at 04:19

How small is small scale? If we pursue this, I’ll keep it on a pallet.  There’s too many unknowns to scale up from there.  Toxicity of condensates is a huge concern for me.  That, and gasses that don’t get completely combusted.

Thanks for the tip! I’ve never heard of this plasma technique. Seems the way to deal with the most hazardous of wastes

I’m going to bench this project for a least a bit.  We’re switching gears for the short term: as we use them now, our charcoal retorts have lots of leftover heat we can readily use for large compression molding projects.   Still though, we’re collecting plenty of odd nuggets of plastic from our extrusion and injection experiments that would be the perfect feedstock.  One step at a time…

24/07/2018 at 23:56

Interesting.  However, according to wikipedia the energy consumed by the plasma process can be larger than the energy reclaimed – so the entire carbon content of the waste will be vented to the atmosphere, and there will be no benefit in terms of generating electricity or collecting liquid fuel.

That is fine for compacting waste into a small space (as stated in the talk) – which explains why it is a useful process for dealing with the waste on a nuclear powered aircraft carrier.   But for municipal waste it seems a bit pointless.  At least municipal incinerators generate electricity.  And pyrolysis allows for the collection of some fuel for future use.

25/06/2018 at 08:19

Thanks @jl2018 – I guess it isn’t going to be easy, or everyone would already be doing it 😉

17/06/2018 at 23:19

Any updates on this, or other pyrolysis threads?

04/05/2019 at 18:05

This video gives a clear explanation on how it Plastic to Fuel could be done on a small scale (40/50kg of plastic at a time). I find this equipment neat and “simple” and I think the explanation of how it works is also great.



03/05/2019 at 01:20

I came across these on YouTube about making biodiesel from waste plastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njIYHtFmcSs

Another video looked like he was just basically using a combination of fractional and reflux distillation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQdGTritwwc

28/11/2018 at 16:13


All the information is there. Read everything.
the video that started it for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbNou1lXBck

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