Conrad Industries, Inc., Advanced Recycling Technology (ART) thermally decomposes various feedstocks into products of vapor gas, oil and carbon char. This decomposition of the feedstock contained within the retort systems is done in the absence of oxygen under extreme heat. The feedstock is broken down into its basic elements. The ART process does not change the composition of these elements.
These elements are vapor gas, oil and carbon char. The volume, percentages and composition of these elements vary according to the specific or mix of feedstocks.
The oil and carbon char products have market value in their virgin forms as they exit the ART System. Market economics and customer accommodation may be optimized through changing their component structure. This product optimization can be accomplished in three ways.
1) breaking heavier/larger constituents into lighter/smaller molecules
2) using specific chemical reactions to rearrange and combine molecules to improve product quality and remove contaminants
3) blending the finished product together economically while meeting all fuel performance and regulatory specifications.
Carbon char value added technologies include pulverizers, agglomerators, acid washes, filtering and masterbatching.
Further uses for the carbon char would be to masterbatch or to blend with virgin carbon to meet a particular recipe. That recipe could be for a wide variety of non-tire rubber goods, and building materials. The current mandate for use of recycled products allows for wide acceptance of these products.
Conrad Industries, Inc., Advanced Recycling Technology (ART) produces a fuel which falls within the parameters of a crude oil derived diesel fuel. The oil in it's virgin form out of the process is ideal for marine applications as a marine distillate fuel. Tire derived oil will require additional formulation to meet equipment manufacturers specifications for some internal combustion engines.
Processes incorporated to convert tire pyrolysis oil to a #2 fuel crude oil derivative include:
1) Utilization of a catalyst reactions to rearrange and combine molecules to improve product quality and remove contaminants
2) Blending with similar products to normalize flash point, sulfur and aromatic content.
3) Additive packages to enhance viscosity, lubricity, cloud point and cetane.
4) Filtration to remove suspended and dissolved particulate matter.
The formulation processes will be interconnected in a closed loop system located on site.
Other oil optimization processes are thermal, catalytic, and hydrocracking processes, alkylation, catalytic reforming, hydrotreating, isomerization, and polymerization processes and completing the reformation with the addition of components which economically meet fuel performance and regulatory specifications.
The ART System can also produce varying types of oil and carbon char by blending feedstocks such as tires, bio-mass, plastic and municipal solid waste. The ART System, thus, provides diversity in applicability to solving the worlds waste problems as well as providing providing diversity which makes the oil and carbon char ideal for a wide variety of applications.