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Faussone G.C.,Inser Energia
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings | Year: 2016

Old landfills represent huge stock of plastic, relatively easy to recover and virtually untapped resource for energy. In 2015 a pyrolysis plant of plastic waste sorted by an old landfill was assessed. From our knowledge it is the only case where plastic is obtained from an old landfill and the pyrolysis oil is sent to a refinery for transportation fuels manufacturing. The oil yield was approximately 49% with 96% of useful hydrocarbons for refining. Economics showed that the added value from waste to transportation fuel become feasible with international oil’s quotation above 52 USD/bbl. EU directive 2009/28/CE set a favorable framework for the development of this approach and what envisaged by UNDP in 2009 defining “waste plastic a promising resource for fuels” is within the reach. © 2016 ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.


Faussone G.C.,Inser Energia
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings | Year: 2016

Reducing fuel’s footprint has proven to be difficult task. Common paradigm is to generate liquid fuels based on renewable carbon to be used somehow as oil substitute. First generation biofuels raised concerns on their sustainability, while advanced technologies still require an hydrogenation step to attain product’s minimal standards and their cost is high. On the other hand, hydrogenation is also used for fossil fuel manufacturing. If 4% of renewable hydrogen would be used in existing refineries, fuel’s energy contribution from renewable would be already about 11% and goal set by EU directive 2009/28/CE met. In order to get cost effective renewable hydrogen, the old “steam-iron” process, already used beginning 1900 to produce large quantity of hydrogen will be modified using nanoscale materials. Taking advantage of nano-Fe properties, an operational cost comparable to that of steam methane reforming is envisaged. The “steam-iron” reactor will be coupled with a biomass “Circle Draft®” gasifier using woodchips as feedstock and the hydrogen consumed on site for power generation. © 2016 ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.

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