Monday, 2 March 2020
Used cars can pose a major challenge when it comes to recycling all the disparate materials they are made of....
Used cars pose a major challenge when it comes to recycling the materials they are made of. Or, at least, this used to be the case before a Belgian recycling company came up with an innovative solution on how to solve this problem.
The Belgian company found a way to transform used car parts including foams, textiles, plastics, rubber, and polymers into synthetic fuel.
What is synthetic fuel? It is a liquid or sometimes a gaseous fuel that is obtained by mixing syngas, carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
The Phoenix project, as the company named it, aims to change the fact that until now 60% of car components couldn’t be recycled. The company found a process called “catalytic cracking” that happens at a low temperature and heats the used car parts in a kind of reactor without oxygen.
The process makes the decomposed organic matter to recombine into a liquid.
The company’s project seems very bold and ambitious as it aims to prove that 97,8% of car parts can be recycled after a vehicle is no longer used for its primary purpose.
Belgian recycling company comes up with a method to recycle nearly 100% of used cars