Australian company recycles used tires into fuel

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An innovative green technology start-up surprised scientists by developing a biofuel from end of life tires (ELT) that can power turbo-charged diesel engines while reducing emissions by 30 percent.

Australian company Green Distillation Technologies created a method of special destructive distillation, which helps to extract fuel from end-of-life tires (ELT). The technology even enables to extract fuel from 7-ton mining tires (OTR); for instance, such a tire yields some 3,000 liters of fuel. If business goes on stable track, the company will ramp up its production up to 8 million liters of fuel by the middle of the next year. From the environmental point of view, the good news is that the NOx emissions of such a fuel are estimated to be some 30% less than traditional fossil fuel, whereas particle emissions were also one third less.

The oil survived rigorous testing at the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Biofuel Engine Research facility. Although scientists there admitted they were a little sceptical at first. “So we think maybe it will be bad, but we got very good results,” researcher Farhad Hossain said. The team tested the tire-oil blends in a six-cylinder diesel engine and results turned out to be positive.

Article source: biofuelsdigest.com

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