New way for waste oil - WASTX Oil decentrally produces fuel from mineral oil waste

Sustainable and decentralised treatment of waste oil

The spectacular buildings of the Institute of New Energy Wuhan (INEW) in the shape of a blossom (PresseBox) ( Hoyerswerda, Germany, )
At a first glance, a compact machine that produces fuel from waste oils or contaminated diesel and heating oil, which can be used to refuel vehicles or generate electricity, sounds like science fiction. But with WASTX Oil, BIOFABRIK Technologies from Dresden/Germany, just offers such a decentralized treatment solution. Using an attractive partner model, waste management companies can produce diesel fuel in accordance with DIN EN 590 from mineral oil waste. In a BIOFABRIK pilot project, a shipping company in Hoyerswerda now refuels its fleet of vehicles with fuel extracted from mineral oil waste by a WASTX Oil. Furthermore for the Chinese market a cooperation agreement was concluded with the Institute of New Energy Wuhan (INEW), where a WASTX Oil plant has already been commissioned.

Worldwide, 80 million barrels of crude oil are consumed every day - and the trend is rising. About half (45%) of this is used for transport and logistics, i.e. as fuel and lubricant for the operation of combustion engines. This results in large quantities of waste oil - an estimated 25 million tons per year. Only a fraction of this amount is recycled, the majority is incinerated, landfilled or, in the worst case, ends up in the environment, where it contaminates soil and water. Waste oil can be reprocessed using special refinery processes and fed into existing material cycles for reuse. Every litre of diesel or heating oil that is polluted contains more than 90 percent recyclable fuel.

The WASTX Oil Partner Model - Decentralized Recycling of Waste Oils

In industrial nations such as Germany, approx. 80 percent of used oil is recycled today. Waste oils are regarded as hazardous waste here, for the proper disposal of which there are strict guidelines. Disposers and collection points, however, achieve only very low margins. This makes BIOFABRIK's partner model all the more attractive: partners such as disposal companies, collection points or municipalities operate an individually dimensioned, compact WASTX Oil plant with a footprint of around two Euro pallets, with which they clean the waste oils they produce directly on site into fuel. The WASTX Oil technology is based on a process specially developed by BIOFABRIK.

The raw material is distilled in a patented process. A special energy input system in the main reactor heats the raw material within a few milliseconds. This fast and yet very gentle process effectively separates the impurities and efficiently transfers the oil fraction into the gas phase. The gas phase is then separated into predefined and controlled fractions from heavy to light boilers in a special rectification process previously reserved for the heavy oil industry. This results in different distillate qualities. Fuels suitable for engines are discharged, unclean fractions repeat the process until they are completely separated into usable and waste components.

The WASTX Oil plants run fully automatically - if required also energy self-sufficient - in 24/7 mode and produce up to 2,000 litres of fuel per unit from contaminated waste oils per day. With an optional self-power supply via the built-in generator, a WASTX Oil consumes only a fraction of the resulting fuel itself. The residual materials separated during the cleaning process (approx. 10%) can be disposed of conventionally. Depending on the amount of waste oil delivered, the number of system units can be scaled accordingly. The fuel produced from mineral oil waste complies with DIN EN 590 for diesel. Thus A hazardous waste becomes a marketable product that is many times more valuable and can be used or traded easily.

Shipping Company in Hoyerswerda refuels its fleet with regional recycling diesel

For a specific application, a WASTX Oil plant currently processes polluted diesel or heating oil collected locally in and around Hoyerswerda into fuel on a daily basis. The forwarding agency Bresan GbR Transporte und Baustoffe, a forwarding agency with 40-ton articulated lorries from Hoyerswerda, already fills up a quarter of its fleet with the approximately 5,000 litres of fuel from gas oil waste every week. And this at a price that is always well below the current market price for diesel at the filling station.

This creates a clear win-win-win situation for all sides: The disposer receives significantly more for his treated mineral oil waste than before when it was declared as hazardous waste. The customer, in turn, saves on fuel costs. In the case of a freight forwarder or bus company, this quickly amounts to five-figure sums per month. 

In addition, there is the saving of transport costs, which were previously incurred by the disposal company for the transport of the waste oil to the central treatment or recycling plant, e.g. a large refinery. The third winner is the environment, as up to 93 percent of the transport-related CO2 can be saved by decentralized treatment with the WASTX Oil plant.

The business model is therefore not only interesting for traditional waste management companies, but also for customers from industry, airports, port facilities and municipalities. WASTX Oil is the first decentralized and energy-autonomous compact refinery for waste containing oil - ready for operation at any location worldwide.

Cooperation with the Institute of New Technology Wuhan (INEW), China

For the Chinese market, BIOFABRIK concluded a sales partnership with the Institute of New Energy Wuhan (INEW). For this purpose, INEW acquired its own WASTX Oil plant, which was recently put into operation. Within the scope of the cooperation, it will primarily serve as a demonstration plant for the Chinese market.

"With WASTX Oil, we can supply the world's first decentralised, fully automatic complete solution for the sustainable recycling of oil-containing waste," explains Oliver Riedel, founder and CEO of the BIOFABRIK Group. "Especially countries in which energy is not available at all or only sporadically and at high prices on the one hand, but which have major problems with the disposal of their waste oil on the other hand, benefit from our technology. This turns an almost worthless problem substance into a tradable resource. The energy of a daily production of WASTX Oil is sufficient for the complete supply of 2,000 people around the clock with safe energy from a previous hazardous waste."
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