Tires to oil (T2O) In short

Annually, more than 13 million tons of tires a are being scrapped worldwide of which 3.4 million tons are being scrapped in the EU alone. In many countries, including Denmark, up to 100% of scrap tires are collected. But in many countries, they are not. Used tires are known as problematic waste due to combustion that results in emission of toxic gases. In many countries scrap tires are simply being accumulated or piled up in nature and are being used for combustion (for example in cement kilns). The combustion creates pollution and only a fraction of the energy that was used in the manufacturing process of tires, is utilized. With the T2O technology waste tires becomes a raw material which can be converted into valuable commodities and sold at a profit. At the same time the T2O technology is a big win for the environment and the recycling way of thinking.

This is what we do

With the T2O technology T2O Egebjerg restores the original raw materials from used tires which is oil, steel, and carbon black. These raw materials can now be included in the production of new tires and other products. This is done through an environmentally friendly and fully automated process where the tires are converted into reusable raw materials through a thermal pyrolysis process. Tires will be shredded into smaller pieces before entering the T2O process and steel is extracted throughout the process. In the reactor the tires will be broken down and gasses will be cleaned and condensed to pyrolysis oil. The small amounts of incondensable gasses will be used for heating the system. Carbon black will exit the reactor as a powder which can be refined further. Steel pieces will be extracted from the carbon black powder and baled. The raw materials are sold to the world market and the project achieves a positive return for investors. At the same time the T2O plant is a win for the environment and a recycling way of thinking.

A good business

The pyrolysis process has a long history and is not a new invention. The real innovative in this technology is the extent of recycling and the fully automated process. These two circumstances create the possibility of positive earnings from the sale of commodities. The process is also partially self-sufficient in energy and there are only limited energy costs associated with the facility. All products from the process can be sold profitably because there is a strong global demand in oil products, steel and carbon quality "carbon black". The system will normally run with a surplus energy in form of incondensable gasses that are burned. This excess energy can be sold as district heating if circumstances allow it and contribute positively to the revenue. Compared to traditional incineration plants the initial investment is considerable lower for the T2O technology.

Environment wins

From the pyrolysis process 42% can be converted to oil, 38% can be converted to carbon black and 15% can be converted to steel scrap. Existing plants, which uses a pyrolysis technology, are not designed for continuous operation. Instead, the pyrolysis reactor is filled and emptied manually often under poor working conditions. T2O Egebjerg and its technology partners have developed a system that automates the process of fully automatic filling and emptying of the reactor. This results in a continuous process, a profitable business, a better working environment and a general big win for the external environment as well. Alternative solutions to handling used tires are for example granulation, incineration or open landfills. Open landfills can be problematic as they attract rats and mosquitos (water will gather in the tires and create the optimal conditions for mosquitos) and can incinerate uncontrollably.