Envion opens waste plastic to oil facility
Washington-based Envion, Inc. has unveiled technology
that converts plastics into synthetic oil.
Envion introduced its first market-ready commercial unit
at a demonstration held at the Montgomery County Solid
Waste Transfer Station in Derwood, Maryland.
The company calls its Envion Oil Generator the first
of its kind and says it is capable of converting 10,000
tons of waste plastic per year into high quality, light
to medium synthetic oil for less than $10 per barrel.
“About eight percent of world crude oil production is
used to manufacture plastic,” Michael Han, CEO, added.
“The Envion Oil Generator uses a closed loop, catalyst-free
system to take plastic and convert it back into oil safely,
efficiently and economically.”
The technology works by melting plastic in an oxygen-starved
environment to separate the hydrocarbons for conversion
to oil from everything else which is rendered into a
nonhazardous ash byproduct. Envion uses a far-infrared
ray technology which it claims to yield more fuel than
competitors’ processes and handle any type of plastic.
One ton can be converted into three to six barrels of
fuel, depending on the type of plastic. The 10,000 ton
per year version is expected to cost from $6 million
to $7 million to build.