Recycling Plastic for Bunker Fuel Taking Shape

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A new facility for converting non-recyclable plastic into fuel for the transport sector is being constructed by the port of Amsterdam.

Reduce CO2 emissions

The project launched by a company ‘Bin2Barrel’ is touted to decrease CO2 emissions by 57,000 tonnes a year. This is first plant to be built in partnership with the port of Amsterdam through an investment of approximately $33 million and is planned to become operational at the end of 2018.

Recycles waste for fuel

This is the first commercial application of the technology and is capable of producing more than 30 million litres of fuel per year out of 35,000 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic which would otherwise be burnt as waste.

The converted fuel from recycled plastic will be diesel quality (referred to as “ultra-low sulphur diesel” by Bin2Barrel), and emits 80% less Co2 than regular diesel from well to wheel.

Additionally, the production of the recycled fuel also produces naphtha, a resource that could be utilized to create new, sustainable plastics.

Energy transition

Roon van Maanen, Head of Circular & Renewable Industry at Port of Amsterdam, said, “The use of plastic and the lack of a proper processing of plastic cause massive pollution worldwide. Bin2Barrel introduces innovative and badly needed technology that will enable us to make use of a currently non-recyclable flow of waste in a manner that makes perfect sense”

He further added, “By creating a new product from an otherwise problematic waste product, Bin2Barrel fits perfectly within the mission of Port of Amsterdam to facilitate energy transition as well as transition to a circular economy”.

Co-founder of Bin2Barrel, Floris Geeris, commented, “We are proud that this plant, which is the first of its kind in the world, will help us contribute to energy transition. We provide a solution that will process non-recyclable plastic with a higher efficiency, while at the same time producing fuel with an extremely low emission”.

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Source: Port of Amsterdam

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