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Feedstocks — raw materials for biochar and bio-oil


Pyrolysis can be used to convert diverse raw materials into valuable products and coproducts.

Some of these feedstocks include

Have a potential feedstock not shown on this list? Ask us.
See below for descriptions of each feedstock and corresponding opportunity for converting these materials into valuable products:

Many additional sources of organic matter can be used as feedstock for CDS pyrolysis. Suitable plant material includes greenwaste, waste wood, and woody weeds; additional agricultural sources such as nut shells, other straws, cotton trash, rice hulls, switchgrass; and animal wastes including poultry litter, dairy manure, and potentially other manures. Municipalities have long used a different type of pyrolysis as a form of thermal treatment to reduce waste volumes of domestic refuse. Some industry byproducts are also suitable feedstock including paper sludge and distillers grains[19].

Converting old tires and used plastics back into energy

As counter-intuitive as it may seem to turn tires and plastics back into energy without polluting, that is exactly what this equipment can do.  Both plastics and tires have about the same caloric value per ton as natural gas, meaning that the conversion of these waste streams will yield high amounts of either electricity or drop-in diesel-like fuels.  Since it is a closed-loop system, there are never any emissions to foul up the environment.

Depending on the size of the community and its waste streams it may be better for the local environment to convert collected plastics and tires into useable energy.  The resulting syn gas can be used to generate electricity or made into a drop-in diesel fuel (instead of expensive, conventional petroleum diesel) to power other remote, diesel, electrical generation equipment.

By locating the CDS equipment at the collection site, the same grinder can be used for both (plastic and tire) waste streams.  We have financial models that allow you to plug in the amount your community is paying for the recycling or disposal of these materials and what the local utility or other provider is paying for electric power to estimate the ROI on such an investment.  Please contact us for further information.

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