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What is the process of pyrolysis?

Pyrolysis is a promising method for converting recycled plastic waste into chemicals and smaller chain hydrocarbons. It is considered the most economical option today for plastic disposal. The chemicals generated using TRIFOL technology focuses on waxes, naphtha and pyrolysis oil, promoting circular economy and reduction of carbon and plastic footprint.

The wax obtained from pyrolysis of waste plastics in TRIFOL technology are mostly paraffinic and can be used as a building block to produce other chemicals, such as fuels, plasticizers, or other additives, phase change materials (PCMs) for thermal energy storage (TES).

 Pyrolysis does occur as thermal decomposition of plastic starting at roughly 400⁰C and in the absence of Oxygen. Different types of plastics and raw materials will generate different types of product and slate fractions.

What are the cost benefits for industries that use Trifol's products compared to traditional alternatives?

Lower carbon footprint, most economic operation, and lower cost of treatment and processing.  TRIFOL product slates are ideal for use as a building block or final product in chemical and petrochemical businesses. Product slates coming out of TRIFOL technologies are clean and ready for use as blend or final products, something that other pyrolysis technologies cannot claim.

How does Trifol ensure the efficient and sustainable sourcing of feedstock for its pyrolysis process?

TRIFOL is working in partnership with Sabrina Manufacturing (on adjoining site) to sort out olefinic plastic materials used in our technology. This guarantees that our feedstock is duly sorted and prepared before going into our first commercial plant 8ktpa capacity.

What are the long-term environmental impacts of Trifol's technology in terms of plastic waste reduction and greenhouse gas emissions?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) study conducted by Sphera for BASF found that chemical recycling (pyrolysis) of mixed plastic waste emits 50% less CO2 than incineration of mixed plastic waste. 

Another report prepared for the American Chemistry Council that examined emissions from a family of technologies known as pyrolysis has determined that emissions from these processes are likely to be very low—much lower than the emissions profiles from other industries, such as food processing, auto manufacturing, and even lower than institutional buildings, such as hospitals and universities.  The carbon footprint of pyrolysis depends on several factors, including the greenness of the energy grid mix used, the avoided waste management (incineration/landfill), pyrolysis yield, and end-of-life scenarios.

In summary, pyrolysis of plastic waste can help reduce carbon footprint by emitting much less carbon dioxide than incineration.

What is the scale of Trifol’s operations, and are there plans for expansion or new facilities in the future?

TRIFOL designs are simple, scalable and reproducible.  In the future TRIFOL will consider building plants from 24ktpa to 200ktpa capacities.  

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