Polymer/Oil Co-processing to Yield Liquid Products (MEME-CCS)
Project Innovation + Advantages:
Western Research Institute will explore technologies based on pyrolysis (thermal conversion) and hydrocracking (a chemical process that upgrades low-quality, heavy gas oils) to convert waste, low-value plastic, and paper polymers into high-energy liquid products suitable as fuel, refinery feedstock, or feed for chemicals manufacturing. The pyrolysis technologies involve heating the polymers in oil media to a temperature high enough to break the chemical bonds to produce a liquid product. The pyrolysis may also be applied to low-level conversion of the polymers to yield a slurry feed for a hydrocracker to more efficiently convert the polymers. If successful, the research will open additional avenues for handling and processing portions of municipal solid waste streams.