End of Life Plastic
End of life plastic (“ELP”) consists of plastics that cannot be easily or economically recycled. ELP is often landfilled, incinerated, exported at cost or dumped illegally.
As a result, plastic pollution is choking the planet. Huge plastic gyres now exist in every ocean, poisoning the food chain and creating serious risk to human and ecosystem health. Proper management of ELP on land can reduce marine litter and protect coastal environments. That's why we support organizations like the Ocean Recovery Alliance to help protect our oceans from the growing problem of plastic marine litter.
I.A. Energy provides a profitable solution for managing what is an otherwise difficult waste fraction (Groups 4 – 7) with clear environmental and economic benefits. For example, in the Philippines alone, an estimated 1.2 million tons of ELP is generated every year. That's enough to produce 840,000,000 liters of domestic low-sulphur diesel if it diverted that 1.2m tons to I. A. Energy plants. That represents significant annual fuel production, disposal cost and import savings that could improve livelihoods and benefit communities worldwide.
With I.A. Energy Technology, better management of end-of-life plastic can breathe new life into the economy.
The IAEC Technology consists of the efficient and effective conversion of end of life plastics to alternative liquid transport fuels. Suitable end of life plastics are pre-processed to reduce size and remove any contaminants or non-plastic materials from the feedstock. The shredded plastics and are then loaded via a hot melt in-feed system directly into main chambers. Agitation commences to even the temperature and homogenize the feed stocks. Our system then commences and the plastic becomes a vapor. Non-plastic materials fall to the bottom of the chamber.
The vapor from the chambers passes into the contactor, which knocks back the long chained carbons and allows the required condensable vapors to pass into the distillation column. The system diverts the non-condensable synthetic gas through a scrubber and then back into the furnaces to heat the chambers. The condensable vapors are then converted in the distillation column to produce lite oil and raw diesel. The lite oil is put into storage. The raw diesel is passed to the vacuum distillation column to be further refined to produce diesel, kerosene and lite oil; the distillates then pass into the recovery tanks.
The prime chamber performs the essential functions of homogenization and controlled decomposition in a single process. The IAEC Technology process requires minimal maintenance and produces a consistent quality distillate from end of life plastic.