Testing is underway of a prototype pyrolysis technology that could extend the range of waste materials that may be used to generate energy.
The Pyrofab system is based on ‘Pyroformer’ technology, developed by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University in the UK. Using this intermediate pyrolysis process, the tests are determining the potential of different waste materials and residues to be processed into low carbon fuel. Previously hard to treat sources of waste now have the potential to be used as a feedstock to produce low carbon energy and feedstocks being tested include food waste, domestic waste, agricultural waste such as pig manure, industrial waste and even baby wipes.
The Pyrofab converts carbon from organic waste materials to produce carbon neutral fuel and biochar, a commodity that can be used to improve soil.
In addition, the Pyrofab is transportable and can work with existing generation technology meaning waste can be locally sourced.
Professor Tony Bridgwater, Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University, said: ‘The Pyrofab unlocks the potential of waste, producing sustainable carbon neutral bioenergy and biofuels. This has the potential to change a significant liability for businesses and local authorities across North West Europe into a home grown resource, to reduce waste management costs and generate new revenue streams through the derived products.’