Advanced recycling company QM Recycled Energy has taken delivery of the first pyrolysis-based plastic waste-to-fuel continuous processing plant in the UK.
The unit is the P-250 WASTX model from German manufacturer Biofabrik, the manufacturer with whom QMRE decided to partner with after spending several years researching the market for an affordable, easy-to-use and technologically sound solution.
Early on, the company had already decided that pyrolysis was the way to go, but while pyrolysis is indeed a proven and commonly applied technology, most companies opt for batch processing. QMRE founders Tim St.Clair-Pearce and Dave Garbett were convinced that continuous production processing was a more efficient and ultimately far more profitable method of operation. They found the technology they were looking for at Biofabrik, a company active in the sustainable management of energy, nutrition and waste problems located in Dresden, Germany.
The company has spent the past twelve months working in close collaboration with Biofabrik on developing the P-250 and preparing the ground for the industrial scale P-5000 model which is now in production.
The P-250 WASTX plant is QMRE’s demonstration unit, designed to show prospective customers in the UK and The Republic of Ireland (ROI) how end-of-life plastic waste can be turned into oil and ultimately back into renewable plastic, ‘providing opportunity to see for themselves how cost-effective and efficient our solution is for the scourge of plastic waste pollution’, as the company said.
A programme of customer demonstrations is now underway at QMRE’s Kent-based site.
QMRE has also been appointed Biofabrik’s exclusive distributor in the UK and ROI for the WASTX P- series plant and equipment.