Pyrolysis tire processing is a growing business worldwide thanks to advances in pyrolysis technology. It is a good thing because tires are highly durable, non-biodegradable, and take up lots of landfill space. In 1990, it was estimated that over 1 billion scrap tires were in stockpiles in the United States. Recycling these waste tires was challenging due to their sheer volume, durability, and ecologically unfriendly components in a tire. Tires were an ever-increasing disposal problem. However, it can completely reduce a tire to its basic components – carbon black, steel, fiber, crumb rubber, and oils. In 2017, 13% of U.S. tires removed from their primary use were sold in the used tire market. Of the scrapped tires, 43% were burnt as tire-derived fuel, with cement manufacturing the largest user. Another 25% were used to make ground rubber, 8% were used in civil engineering projects, 17% were disposed of in landfills, and 8% had other uses. Pyrolysis has become the alternative technology for energy recovery, having minimal impact on the environment and being able to generate both heat and electricity. Pyrolysis of tires is the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective waste treatment technology.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms will certainly have experts in pyrolysis tire processing and in the more common areas like biofuels, biomaterials, biomass, biomass power, bio-based chemicals, biotechnologies, and renewable fuels and chemicals. Energy consultants should be willing to discuss the client’s initial questions about renewable energy sources, the types of biofuels, biofuel companies, synthetic biology, biomass renewable energy, biofuel energy, conversion technologies for things like tires and railroad ties, and the circular economy in general. These clean energy experts would optimally be part of a larger, multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants with a wide variety of expertise in more specialized areas like biomass production, financial due diligence, organic synthesis, fuel additives, ethanol gas, biodiesel fuel including algae biofuels, solid state and industrial fermentation, green energy grants, ag biotech, agricultural waste, alcohol fuels, alternative proteins and animal-free products, sustainable foods, biocatalysis, biodiesel conversion, biogas production, biomass power, carbon intensity, co2 utilization, combined heat & power, Fischer-Tropsch technology, food waste, hydrothermal carbonization, industrial enzymes, landfill management, microbial fermentation, organic synthesis, plastic pyrolysis, plastic recycling, plastic waste, pyrolysis oil, reactor design, renewable identification number, the Renewable Fuel Standard (rfs2), solid recovered fuels, torrefaction and torrefied biomass, waste to energy, and waste-to-hydrogen. Finally, members and strategic partners of these green energy consulting firms should also have the availability to do things like engineering, technical feasibility studies and techno-economic analysis, due diligence, and feasibility studies, and provide expert witness testimony, and should have the contacts to assist with renewable energy finance, accounting, plant safety, and insurance, legal, and virtually any other services related to the bioeconomy.
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