Is There a Better Way Way to Produce Bio Oil?

December 2016 Feature Colin Peterson Web Exclusive

Check out this video of old truck tires getting reused as bio-oil!

Who would've thought that you could produce bio-oil from old truck tires? Well, Australia-based Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) made that discovery not long ago; they can produce 3,000 liters of oil from a seven-ton mining truck tire. The company uses a process called destructive distillation to convert old rubber into renewable energy. Through the process, the tire is destructed into different compounds by heat, and one of those compounds gets condensed into oil. This was driven by a strong desire to get rid of widespread tire waste around the world, which is growing to more than a billion tires per year, a huge environmental hazard. This emission-free process creates an oil from the tires that could be used as heating oil, jet fuel, or even diesel.

Company director Trevor Bayley stated, "It is a fuel as good as or better than normal diesel, made from old rubber otherwise destined to rot as landfill." To read the full story, click here.

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