deriving energy from waste

small scale, onsite waste to energy

pyrolysis expertise

The concept of deriving energy from waste has been around for a while and traditionally focussed on larger scale, centralised municipal facilities. In many cases, waste destined for landfill contains both energy and products or compounds which can be recovered for reuse, recycling or revenue.

PyroCore’s focus is on the small scale, localised sector, where value can be derived for onsite / local benefit. Typically, this is for organisations, groups or communities that generate between 1,000 – 30,000 tonnes per annum of non-recyclable waste.

The portfolio of proven and flexible technologies we have at our disposal allows our systems to offer significant financial and environmental savings as well as making massive positive contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.

PyroCore have assembled a vastly experienced engineering and pyrolysis team, made up of people with a huge amount of design and operational expertise spanning many years in both the waste management and upstream oil & gas sectors. 

This expertise extends from the individual elements of the process to the overall integration and operation of the final system and enables us to tailor the energy or product recovery to meet local requirements.

With a number of reference and demonstration sites (in the UK and USA), we are able to demonstrate the performance of various wastes and undertake a wide variety of testing to determine throughputs and outputs.

deriving energy from waste

small scale, onsite waste to energy

The concept of deriving energy from waste has been around for a while and
traditionally focussed on larger scale, centralised municipal facilities. In many cases,
waste destined for landfill contains both energy and products or compounds which
can be recovered for reuse, recycling or revenue.
PyroCore’s focus is on the small scale, localised sector, where value can be derived
for onsite / local benefit. Typically, this is for organisations, groups or communities
that generate between 1,000 – 30,000 tonnes per annum of non-recyclable waste.
The portfolio of proven and flexible technologies we have at our disposal allows our
systems to offer significant financial and environmental savings as well as making
massive positive contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.l savings.

pyrolysis expertise

PyroCore have assembled a vastly experienced engineering and pyrolysis team,
made up of people with a huge amount of design and operational expertise spanning
many years in both the waste management and upstream oil & gas sectors. 
This expertise extends from the individual elements of the process to the overall
integration and operation of the final system and enables us to tailor the energy or
product recovery to meet local requirements.
With a number of reference and demonstration sites (in the UK and USA), we are
able to demonstrate the performance of various wastes and undertake a wide variety
of testing to determine throughputs and outputs.

small scale, onsite waste to energy

The concept of deriving energy from waste has been around for a while and
traditionally focussed on larger scale, centralised municipal facilities. In many cases,
waste destined for landfill contains both energy and products or compounds which
can be recovered for reuse, recycling or revenue.

PyroCore’s focus is on the small scale, localised sector, where value can be derived
for onsite / local benefit. Typically, this is for organisations, groups or communities
that generate between 1,000 – 30,000 tonnes per annum of non-recyclable waste.

The portfolio of proven and flexible technologies we have at our disposal allows our
systems to offer significant financial and environmental savings as well as making
massive positive contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.

pyrolysis expertise

PyroCore have assembled a vastly experienced engineering and pyrolysis team,
made up of people with a huge amount of design and operational expertise spanning
many years in both the waste management and upstream oil & gas sectors. 
This expertise extends from the individual elements of the process to the overall
integration and operation of the final system and enables us to tailor the energy or
product recovery to meet local requirements.
With a number of reference and demonstration sites (in the UK and USA), we are
able to demonstrate the performance of various wastes and undertake a wide variety
of testing to determine throughputs and outputs.

waste to energy

Pyrolysis is a flexible process which enables the efficient and controlled release of energy trapped within solid waste. This liberated energy not only keeps the unit ‘self-sustaining’ (that is to say does not require auxiliary fuel sources) but can also be used in a variety of ways.

The units can process a wide variety of waste types and deal with the variable nature of waste streams to produce a continuous supply of energy. This is thermal energy that can be used directly (for heating, hot water or water desalination) or converting to steam (to use in sterilisation or for a manufacturing process) or to further convert into electricity for local use or sale.

waste to product

As well as the ability to generate energy from waste, we can also target valuable products, compounds or metals for recovery from the char (post pyrolysis). For example, metals which have been encased in plastic can be recovered for recycling, or compounds, that can be reclassified as a product, recovered for reuse.

In some cases, the pyrolysis process can affect the structure of the char which results in the generation of some valuable by-products.

If there is a more consistent feedstock (e.g. plastics) then there are also opportunities for chemical recycling to offer additional revenue streams and contribute towards a circular economy.

benefits

  • Significantly reduce waste costs and give longer term certainty on these costs at a time of rising landfill taxes
  • Reduce energy bills by using the energy onsite
  • Eliminating vehicle movements associated with waste removal and energy offset can delivers carbon reduction of circa 3.5 tonnes of CO2
    per day
  • The ability to control the process allows the extraction of specific products
  • Several operational plants and outstanding technical reference sites; including deployment with HM Royal Navy for several years
  • Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and EPA compliant

technology

The 3 stages of this process consist of pyrolysis, gasification and oxidation. To turn waste into energy (where no recycling or reuse is possible) the waste must be processed by thermal equipment. Traditional incineration equipment uses oxygen in the form of air to ‘fuel a fire’ and burn waste. The pyrolysis process is a more controlled and flexible procedure with the 3 stages being separated and optimised for more efficient and cleaner combustion.

1

pyrolysis

2

gasification

3

oxidation

The heating and decomposition of waste in the absence of oxygen. The temperature of the proposed system is high temperature pyrolysis (700-900°C) and this forms a high calorific value syngas and carbon char.

The heating and decomposition of the carbon char in a restricted oxygen environment to produce a low carbon ash and a weaker syngas. This combines with the pyrolysis gas to form producer gas.

The combination of oxygen (air) with the syngas at an auto-ignition temperature (+800°C) to form an exhaust gas and heat energy. This forms the heat source to destroy the waste in the pyrolysis section (1) so that the unit is fuelled by its own process.

technology

The 3 stages of this process consist of pyrolysis, gasification and oxidation. To turn waste into energy (where no recycling or reuse is possible) the waste must be processed by thermal equipment. Traditional incineration equipment uses oxygen in the form of air to ‘fuel a fire’ and burn waste. The pyrolysis process is a more controlled and flexible procedure with the 3 stages being separated and optimised for more efficient and cleaner combustion.

1

pyrolysis

The heating and decomposition of waste in the absence of oxygen. The temperature of the proposed system is high temperature pyrolysis (700-900°C) and this forms a high calorific value syngas and carbon char.

2

gasification

The heating and decomposition of the carbon char in a restricted oxygen environment to produce a low carbon ash and a weaker syngas. This combines with the pyrolysis gas to form producer gas.

3

oxidation

The combination of oxygen (air) with the syngas at an auto-ignition temperature (+800°C) to form an exhaust gas and heat energy. This forms the heat source to destroy the waste in the pyrolysis section (1) so that the unit is fuelled by its own process.

1

pyrolysis

The heating and decomposition of waste in the absence of oxygen. The temperature of the proposed system is high temperature pyrolysis (700-900°C) and this forms a high calorific value syngas and carbon char.

2

gasification

The heating and decomposition of the carbon char in a restricted oxygen environment to produce a low carbon ash and a weaker syngas. This combines with the pyrolysis gas to form producer gas.

3

oxidation

The combination of oxygen (air) with the syngas at an auto-ignition temperature (+800°C) to form an exhaust gas and heat energy. This forms the heat source to destroy the waste in the pyrolysis section (1) so that the unit is fuelled by its own process.

the pv range

We have a number of models and variants, including skid mounted and containerised which can be applied to most waste and locations.

Pv250

Throughput: 1,750 tonnes per annum
Per hour: 250kg
24 hours operation
Electricity production: 125kWe/hr.
Hazardous Waste
Skid mounted

Pv250c

Throughput: 1,750 tonnes per annum
Per hour: 250kg
24 hours operation
Electricity production: 125kWe/hr.
Containerised / ship based
Non Hazardous waste

Pv500

Throughput: 3,500 tonnes per annum
Per hour: 500kg
24 hours operation
Electricity production: 250kWe/hr.
Hazardous Waste

Pv1000

Throughput: 7,000 tonnes per annum
Per hour: 1000kg
24 hours operation
Electricity production: 500kWe/hr.
Non Hazardous waste

applications

There are a wide variety of sectors and applications where the PyroCore systems
can be used. 

  • Maritime
  • Clinical & Hazardous
  • Islands & Isolated Communities
  • Plastics & Packaging
  • Carpet & Textile
  • Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR)
  • Disaster Relief

applications

There are a wide variety of sectors and applications where the PyroCore systems
can be used. 

  • Maritime
  • Clinical & Hazardous
  • Islands & Isolated Communities
  • Plastics & Packaging
  • Carpet & Textile
  • Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR)
  • Disaster Relief

case studies

hms ocean

  • 2 years of extensive testing undertaken by MoD
  • Requirement to process 120kg/hr was surpassed
  • Processes a wide variety of waste streams from food waste to oil sludge
  • Very high availability throughput normal operation
  • Ongoing product support and enhancement since 2011

qec aircraft carrier

  • 4 skid mounted pyrolysis units for the UK Royal Navy
  • Onboard Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers (2 on each ship)
  • 1,000tpa mixed waste per unit. The heat us used to dry food waste and
    membrane bioreactor effluent
  • Part of integrated waste management system

type 23

  • 4 units supplied to UK MoD for Type 23 Frigates waste destruction
  • Sterilises and dehydrates waste before vacuum packing into ‘pillows’ for storage
  • Integration into operating warship
  • For ships will smaller crew compliments

US Army

  • Containerised unit
  • Deployable to site at short notice
  • Destroys variable waste streams (including clinical and plastics)

US Clinical Waste

  • PV250 unit for clinical waste
  • Over 12 months operation
  • EPA compliant

hms ocean

  • 2 years of extensive testing undertaken by MoD
  • Requirement to process 120kg/hr was surpassed
  • Processes a wide variety of waste streams from food waste to oil sludge
  • Very high availability throughput normal operation
  • Ongoing product support and enhancement since 2011

qec aircraft carrier

  • 4 skid mounted pyrolysis units for the UK Royal Navy
  • Onboard Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers (2 on each ship)
  • 1,000tpa mixed waste per unit. The heat us used to dry food waste and
    membrane bioreactor effluent
  • Part of integrated waste management system

type 23

  • 4 units supplied to UK MoD for Type 23 Frigates waste destruction
  • Sterilises and dehydrates waste before vacuum packing into ‘pillows’ for storage
  • Integration into operating warship
  • For ships will smaller crew compliments

US Army

  • Containerised unit
  • Deployable to site at short notice
  • Destroys variable waste streams (including clinical and plastics)

US Clinical Waste

  • PV250 unit for clinical waste
  • Over 12 months operation
  • EPA compliant

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