T2O and the environment

Used tires for cars, trucks and industrial machines are being scrapped in millions every year. As the number of private vehicles increases rapidly, the number of scrapped tires also increases. Tires have a very high caloric value - a lot of energy. Hence, it has been used as a fuel in many industries, in particular cement factories. A lot of research has been made to allow used tires to be recycled into new tires but it has not been possible to succeed. Granulate from used tires can only be reused for low-quality products such as rubber blocks for playgrounds, bases for signs etc. Granulate is used in artificial soccer pitches or as an additive to road materials.

However, whether granulation, incineration, production of low-value products or open landfills they are not solutions that respect the environment. Granulation is an expensive and energy consuming process with a lot of CO2 emissions. Incineration results in a variety of dangerous emissions that are expensive and difficult to clean and only provides a fraction of the energy that was used to produce the tire in the first place.

Open landfills have been the only possible solution in many countries because burning tires would course a serious contamination. But tires donít degrade and will be a tremendous breeding ground for mosquitos because each tire will be a small water pond and be heated by the sun. This would be something to avoid in all countries, but in particular in countries where mosquitos bear diseases such as sika, malaria or dengue fever.

The T2O technology offers a way to process used tires that does not have dangerous emissions at all and at the same time creates a profitable business and jobs. The purpose of the T2O technology is to create the maximum number of reusable end-products with the minimum use of energy. The T2O plant consumes energy to heat the process. Most of this energy comes from the process itself by burning uncondensed gasses. If the plant needs a shredding unit (to cut the tires into smaller pieces) it will also consume energy (electricity). So, the T2O plant is not zero pollution because of the electricity consumption (that may create CO2 depending on the production method) but it is minimal compared to the alternatives. This means, that the plant can be placed close to where people live because from the plant itself the pollution is almost zero.