The Plastic2Oil Advantage
With its revolutionary Plastic2Oil (P2O) technology, JBI has pioneered the development of a process that derives ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel which does not require further refining, directly from unwashed, unsorted waste plastics.
At JBI, we advocate environmental sustainability while energizing local economies through the creation of green jobs. We expect our Plastic2Oil technology will transform waste management practices to redefine the recycling landscape and how we recycle tomorrow and into the future.
Our P2O technology has successfully overcome significant barriers in the fuel industry. Some of the key differentiators of our process are outlined below.
Validation & Permitting
- Reputable independent labs have validated the P2O technology including IsleChem (process engineering) and Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (emissions stack test).
- JBI has been issued all necessary permits to operate by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
- JBI has been issued an exemption from Air Permitting in the state where the first site will be located for the agreement with Rock-Tenn Company ("RockTenn").
- Engineering report performed by SAIC validates and verifies the technology and economics.
- The processor requires only 4,500 sq. ft. of operating space.
- Height requirement is approximately 20 ft.
- Highly automated; very low operator to processor ratio.
- Modular design allows for easy deployment.
- The P2O processor accepts unwashed, unsorted waste plastics. Optimal feedstock includes polyethylene and polypropylene.
- The P2O process is permitted by the NYSDEC for up to 4,000 lbs. of plastic feedstock per machine per hour at the Company's Niagara Falls, NY facility.
- The conversion ratio for waste plastic into fuel averages 86%.
- Approximately 1 gallon of fuel is extracted from 8.3 lbs. of plastic.
- The processor uses its own off-gases as fuel (approximately 10-12% of process output); minimal energy is required to run the machine.
- Approximately 2-4% of the resulting product is Petcoke (Carbon Black), a high BTU fuel.
- Emissions are lower than a natural gas furnace of similar size, and the quality of the emissions improve with increased feed rates.
- Results from the final stack test performed by Conestoga-Rivers & Associates confirm that the processor emissions are well within the limits allowable under a NYSDEC air permit.
- The process operates at atmospheric pressure, and is not susceptible to pinhole leaks and/or other problems with pressure and vacuum-based system.
- The reusable catalyst is produced economically.
- The fuel produced is refined and separated without the high cost of a distillation tower.
- The P2O processor is designed to use minimal amounts of external energy.
- As well as being beneficial for the environment, this is also a significant factor in the commercial viability of the process.
- Water is used for cooling only and usage is minimized through recycling the water in a non-contact closed loop. The water is not in contact with the process itself, keeping it clean and uncontaminated.
- Only 53 kWh electricity is required to run the fans, pumps and small motors. No electricity is used in the transformation of the plastic to fuel.
- Natural gas is only used on start-up to heat the reactor – once the processor is running, the reactor is heated with its own off-gases.
- A facility-wide gas compression system governs natural gas usage throughout the entire production process.
- Fuel quality has been validated by multiple independent petro-chemical labs including: Intertek, PetroLabs, Alberta Resource Council and Southwest Research Institute.
- All shipments leaving the P2O plant in Niagara Falls are tested by the Company's fully equipped internal fuel testing lab.
- Fuel is ready for sale upon completion of processing without the need for further refinement.
- From a single processor the Company can produce a range of fuel products, without further refining, including No. 2 Fuel (Diesel, Petroleum Distillate), No. 6 Fuel, Naphtha, Petcoke (Carbon Black), and Off-Gases to be used in the P2O process.