Creating Energy and Byproducts from Waste

CCT brings to market the best technologies commercially available for conversion of waste products into usable energy and valuable byproducts. The processes deployed achieve minimum Carbon Intensity (CI) scores and create valuable business models to flip otherwise expensive disposal methods into revenue generating facilities that help organizations meet Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives.

Pyrolysis refers to the thermal decomposition of materials via the application of heat in an oxygen deficient (inert) atmosphere. With this process chemical bonds in the feed material are broken by scission between cross-linked sites at susceptible locations within the base polymer structure. This mechanism results in the production of lower molecular weight substances.

CleanCap has the capability to provide Pre-FEED, FEED, Technology, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance to a Pyrolysis facility. A majority of our experience revolves around the treatment of Medical Waste and Tire Disposal.

With the Medical Waste Pyrolysis design provided by CCT, the patented facility avoids being classified as incineration by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowing for a more streamlined permitting process with less annual reporting. Through Pyrolysis of medical waste, environmentally hazardous emissions are avoided even when processing hazardous medical waste while also reducing capital costs compared to incineration. A usable Syngas and Biochar material are created as the byproducts of this pyrolysis process.

Facts around the medical waste industry that are worth noting:

  1. 99% of incineration facilities have closed since 1995 with only 8 remaining

  2. Although much of the $7B U.S. industry is controlled by one company, the rest is highly fragmented

  3. Medical waste volumes continue to grow at a rapid pace, especially with the unfortunate advent of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus

  4. 29 lbs of medical waste per bed per day equals 4.1 million tons of medical waste produced each year in the U.S., not including hazardous waste

  5. The CCT provided technology is protected by 2 patents and all intellectual property is controlled

The CCT supplied Tire Disposal Pyrolysis technology uses a feed material higher in hydrocarbons for the generation of more energy contained byproducts. The chemical bonds in the waste tires, or vulcanized rubber, are broken apart from a process called vulcanization. The lower molecular weight compounds are hydrocarbons collected as a gas and condensed into a Syngas and Hydrocarbon Liquid fractions. Non-volatile materials are collected as a solid from the reactor and separated into Steel and Carbon Black product streams.

Facts around the tire waste industry to note include:

  1. Approximately 250 million waste tires are produced every year in the U.S.

  2. Through this technology, harmful emissions are avoided that are associated with burning waste tires and energy costs are reduced with typical batch pyrolysis

  3. Syngas is reusable in the process as heat or can be converted into Hydrogen and / or Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) using CCT biogas upgrading technologies

  4. Petroleum Liquids are saleable as a marine fuel blending stock

  5. Scrap Steel is a vital feedstock in steel product manufacturing

  6. Carbon Black is a basic building block in rubber products

  7. The technology deployed by CCT is commercially and operationally proven already