Technology

“The solution developed by Ecolomondo’s team of scientists and engineers is entirely green. Nothing goes to waste. Ecolomondo offers an innovative Canadian modular technology which is capable of processing batches of up to 12,000 lbs (6 tons) of waste. The technology is robust, safe and the products are of high quality.”
Dr. Franco Berruti, Ph. D., P. Eng., Director
Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources
University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Our TDP Technology

Ecolomondo’s Technology is:

Simple 

– Closed batch
– Rotary reactor
– Fully automated
– Scalable
– Low pressure
– Energy self-sufficient

Sustainable 

– Totally green
– Nothing is wasted
– Low emissions
– Process water is recycled
– Renewable products
– Low carbon footprint

Reliable 

– Consistent quality products
– Qualified technical team
– Robust
– Safe
– Tested for over 25 years
– Each batch is repetitive

Profitable 

– Low capital cost
– Low production costs
– Industry incentives
– Industrial yields
– Valuable end-products
– High yields of carbon black

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TDP Turnkey Facilities’ Production Yields

TDP End-Products

Tire waste as feedstock produces quality commodity products with carbon black being the most valuable.

Carbon Black

When processing tire waste, TDP yields 39% of its reactor payloads in carbon black. Our recycled carbon black has commercial value and is in demand because it can replace virgin carbon black in many manufacturing applications.

Oil

TDP yields 51% of its reactor payload in oil. The oil, when further refined, provides a commercial-grade oil.

Gas

The gas resulting from TDP represents 9% of reactor payloads. It has a high calorific value between natural and propane gas and is used as the energy source for the reactors and the TDP process.

Steel

The steel will easily be sold to steel recyclers and producers for reuse. The steel is extracted at the shredding stage and is not part of the reactor payload. It is of excellent quality and is always in demand.

Feedstock

Tires

Each year, approximately 1.5 billion tires (15 million tons) achieve their end-of-life throughout the world. Regulations banning stockpiling, incineration and landfilling of discarded tires are being adopted in many countries. Diversion from conventional methods of handling waste, such as landfills and burning, will create additional volumes of available feedstock.

Automobile Residue

Auto Shred Residue (“car fluff”, or ASR) represents on average 675 lbs per vehicle and is composed of mainly plastics, rubber, foam, fabric and paper. Each year, approximately 27 million vehicles are discarded worldwide. This will create approximately 9.1 million tons of car fluff most of which is being stockpiled, landfilled or burnt.

Disposed Diapers

According to analysis by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), disposed diapers represent 1.4% or 3.59 million tons of municipal solid waste per year and most of them are landfilled. These numbers are representative for most industrialized countries.

Asphalt Roof Shingles

It is estimated that approximately 25 million tons of asphalt roof shingles are discarded yearly. Despite attempts to recycle roof shingles, more than 50% end up in landfills and take centuries to decompose.

Plastic Waste

When two or more types of plastics are mixed they become cross-contaminated, unsalable and most often are landfilled.
On a global scale, plastics represent 10% or 130 million tons of all municipal solid waste streams per year. Of this amount, it is estimated that only 7% is recycled.

TDP Competitive Advantages

TDP creates much higher added value from hydrocarbon waste than conventional methods of recycling and disposal. TDP is also more sustainable and greener. The key advantages that will drive TDP’s success are quality and consistency of its end-products, high efficiency, high yields, low production and low capital costs per ton of capacity.

Furthermore, thanks to our Research and Development efforts, TDP is already scaled to industrial size and is presently being marketed globally.

TDP is efficient and responds to all of the challenges created by hydrocarbon waste.

Pilot Plant

Through ongoing research and development, we have developed an industrial-scale plant, which we call “Pilot”. It consists of two reactors, located in Contrecoeur, Quebec, Canada. At Pilot, each reactor is capable of processing 6.5 tons of tire waste in less than 8 hours. Thanks to our Pilot Facility we have been able to repeatedly validate and improve reactor payloads, cycle times and production yields.

Even though most tests performed at our Pilot Plant were on tires, Pilot has been able to validate that TDP can also decompose other types of hydrocarbon waste including disposed diapers, asphalt roof shingles, plastics and car fluff.

Environmental and Regulatory Measures

Waste Management Incentives

Burying waste in landfills and the burning of tires are methods that have serious environmental consequences. They also destroy valuable commodities that could be easily recycled. Governments and industries are continuously adopting initiatives and programs that promote recycling and reuse. Current waste management regulation is instrumental in restricting the use of landfilling and waste-to-energy methods. Landfills let many toxins enter our ecosystem and create CO2, the main cause of global warming. Emissions from Tire-Derived fuels, or the burning of tires, if not well scrubbed, can release toxins and pollutants into the atmosphere. Policies are designed to promote technologies such as TDP because they create higher added value by producing renewable resources that will be needed in the future.

In an effort to improve the efficiency of waste management, governments and industries have begun to implement “Manufacturers’ Responsibility Program” (MRP) or “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR), whereby manufacturers are responsible to take back and dispose of the products they manufacture that have achieved their end-of-life.

Tipping Fees

A tipping fee is a charge levied upon a given quantity or weight of waste being recovered either at a processing facility or landfill site. Tipping fees are usually paid to scrap tire processors and vary widely depending on local market conditions. We estimate tipping fees paid to processors across the United States and Canada can vary between $100 and $200 per ton.

Carbon Credits

Carbon credits and carbon markets are international attempts to mitigate the growth of greenhouse gases (CO2). Carbon credits are a trading approach where one carbon credit is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions, supported by a marketable certificate or permit. Sustainable companies such as Ecolomondo reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that would be required to produce virgin commodities by recycling and reusing. Ultimately, these carbon credits can be sold at a profit to companies that over emit.