Low Cost Feed Flexible Plastics Reuse (LCFFPR)

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San Jose, California
Project Term:
01/11/2021 - 07/10/2022

Technology Description:

The United States is facing a huge plastic waste challenge. Altex Technologies Corporation will develop a novel process, system design, and catalyst to convert all types of plastic polymers, rubber, composites, and paper to a refinery grade crude oil. This crude oil then can be processed in U.S. refineries to produce gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel oil. Altex will demonstrate an end-to-end plastics-to-liquid fuel prototype system and develop a process design for a 250 ton per day plastic feed plant. The test data and analysis will be used to produce a techno-economic and life cycle analysis for the full scale plant. The low-cost feed flexible plastics reuse technology uses combined thermochemical conversion and contaminants pretreatment. Together with a novel product stabilization process, these factors produce a liquid fuel similar to crude oil, which can be processed by refineries to produce a valuable drop-in fuel from plastic waste.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jack Lewnard
Project Contact:
Dr. Tahmina Imam
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