In the process of separation and classification, certain products that have an economic value on the market are recovered that would otherwise be buried and forgotten in the landfill. To name a few examples:
– Paper and cardboard that can be recycled.
– Ferrous and other non-ferrous metals such as copper and aluminium can be melted and reused.
– Specific plastics to be recycled.
– Glass, which can be sold to manufacturing factories and recycled, put to a second use in worktop factories, outdoor tables or sprayed and sold to paint factories for horizontal road signs, etc.
Elements with high contaminating power are also recovered, such as batteries, which over the years contaminate water from rain and filter into the ground, contaminating groundwater from which wells, irrigation, etc. are fed.
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The resulting products after the Thermolysis process vary according to the type of waste treated and are summarised in:
- BioEthanol: which can be used for transport as a gasoline oxygenator, reducing emissions, for the generation of other types of motor or electrical energy, or the generation of heat.
- Distilled water: The water used in the Hydrolysis process is recovered as distilled water. This water can be reused in another subsequent hydrolysis process or, if there is a market for it, bottled and sold at a higher price.
- Biochar or charcoal: sold as a soil improver.
- Coal smoke: sold mainly as fuel in cement plants, thermal plants, glass factories and any other industry that requires it.
- Syngas: which is used to generate electricity for self-consumption or for sale to the existing grid.
- Bunker fuel: which is sold as fuel for large ships, for thermal power stations or for industries that require high temperatures such as cement factories, glass factories, etc.
- Heat; which shall be used:
– To heat water by a boilers system and with the use of turbines generate electricity.
– On a desalination water station to provide heat through isolated pipes.
– To heat the pellets before they get into the Thermolysis plant (in areas with high humidity).
- Soil improver: Due to the treatment of leached sludge. To be sold to farmers as a natural and long lasting fertilizer.