Ventana's technology deploys company's patent-pending, continuous depolymerization process to convert waste plastics to petroleum fuels similar to diesel and gasoline.
The technology uses a multi-staged thermal process to molecularly crack and re-arrange longer chain hydrocarbons found in plastics to shorter chain hydrocarbons found in petroleum fuels.
For it's pioneering work, Ventana was awarded the 2013 National Innovation Award at the i3 Innovation Initiative from amongst 900 submissions.
The technology converts non-recyclable waste plastics to HyFuel TM – a high calorific value petroleum distillate having carbon number distribution similar to gasoline (C5 - C10) and diesel (C10 - C21).
HyfuelTM can be fractionated using standard distillation processes to obtain two streams - a light distillate fuel stream which approximates ASTM D4814 (gasoline) and a middle distillate fuel stream that approximates ASTM D975 (diesel). These streams find ready offtake with petroleum wholesalers and blenders as drop-in replacement for gasoline and diesel blendstock.
Steve Russell of American Chemistry Council tells Wall Street Journal's MoneyBeat how waste plastics can generate 6 billion gallons of fuel enough to fuel 9 million cars per annum: