Business & Cases
Quantafuel ́s proprietary technology and extensive experience with catalytical optimization has contributed to interest from a number of countries. The company now has several plastic-to-liquid projects in advanced development stages, most with signed joint venture term sheets in place. The projects are in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Here you can read about some of our projects.
Sonora Mexico case:
The waste problem is growing in Mexico. The country’s ministry of the environment and natural resources has estimated that 40 million tons of garbage is generated annually in the country, of which only 15 percent is recycled.
Fortunately, as the problem has been growing, so has the public will to address the problem, and the government has numerous projects to improve the waste handling process.
Quantafuel’s contribution is a project in the state of Sonora, on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Here, we started production in 2016 with a 50 percent owned small-scale plant. This has enabled us to test and tweak our technology in a real-life setting.
The appeal of the project is easy to see. Firstly, it helps alleviate a growing waste problem in the country, and the small scale and limited investment means this technology can be rolled out in numerous communities. Secondly, by turning waste into high-quality diesel fuel that can be used in existing infrastructure and engines, we present an attractive business opportunity. Thirdly, we create local jobs in the communities.
Plant in Sonora, Mexico.
Quantafuel is currently working on a plant in Nes municipality, just outside Oslo, Norway.
The plant will convert 30 tons of plastic a day into synthetic diesel. The annual production capacity is about 8 million liters of diesel. This will be the world’s largest plant of its kind.
Public licenses and approvals are expected to be in place by the third quarter of 2017, and production is expected to start in late 2017.
Quantafuel has been awarded a grant of NOK 10.4 million from Enova SF (a public enterprise owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy). Awarding the funds, Enova expressed an ambition that several plants of this kind may be built in Norway. Total planned investments are about NOK 26 million.
The plant will be located at Esval Miljøpark KF, an established waste reception and recycling site. The site will handle incoming plastic from waste management facilities in the proximity. Both Oslo and Nes municipalities have expressed interest in supplying waste plastic to the plant, and Quantafuel is in continuous dialog with all interested suppliers.
Plant in Oslo, Norway.