From day one, Quantafuel’s fundamental idea has been to solve the world’s plastic waste problem by transforming soiled plastic into new products. This is our contribution to the circular economy of plastic waste. What makes Quantafuel unique is that we have developed technology that purifies the gas that forms in the process and alters the molecules. This allows us to produce a chemically recycled, attractive product that satisfies a huge need in the market.
The process in our industrial plant takes place as follows:
We receive plastic waste in bales of 6-700 kilograms, which are inspected for quality before being pressed into a screw and heated in a reactor furnace to 450 degrees without oxygen. This results in a gas and the process is called pyrolysis. Several other companies also do this, but they stop here and are left with a complex oil with numerous impurities such as chlorine, sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen that make it difficult to process further.
However, Quantafuel’s process continues. What is unique is that we have built a miniature refinery after the heating, so our factory starts where the others stop. We purify the oil by removing chlorine and other impurities such as ash, sulphur, nitrogen and so on, and process this through the catalysts, as has been done by large refineries for a century. Hydro cracking itself is nothing new, but we are only ones who have designed a catalyst to perform hydro cracking in gaseous form. The gas is purified, we alter the molecular structure and achieve a light, a medium and a heavy fraction that constitute recycled raw material for new plastic products.
Here you can read about our Danish project.
Quantafuel built its first test facility in Mexico in 2014. The purpose of the factory was to thoroughly test the technology so that we had all the necessary experience to build the first plant. The facility was tested with all types of plastic and provided us with the necessary proof that our technology for the chemical recycling of different plastic types actually works.
Quantafuel is proud to have started our first and brand-new production facility in Skive, Denmark. Quantafuel’s Plastic-to-liquid (Ptl) plant is the first of its kind in the world, and the start-up is an incredibly important milestone for the company.
The factory is presently scaled to process 20,000 tons of mixed plastic waste per year, waste that would otherwise be incinerated or disposed of in landfills. We receive waste from households in Norway and Denmark.
All products manufactured in Skive will be shipped to BASF in Germany, who will upgrade the raw material to new plastic products and chemicals. We have sourced more than enough plastic waste – which we are paid to receive – and everything we produce has already been sold to BASF.
Plant in Skive, Denmark.
Quantafuel on local TV news in Denmark.
The next phase will be to build more and significantly larger facilities across Europe. Large consumer companies have pledged to step up their use of recycled materials. To respond to the demand, we will need to escalate our production capacity. All our new plants will be built to meet the highest sustainability standards.