Clean Planet Energy introduces waste plastic derived ultra-clean jet fuel
UK waste plastic recovery technology developer Pyroplast Energy Ltd, currently trading as Clean Planet Energy (CPE), has announced a "breakthrough product" in its mission to significantly reduce carbon emissions in fossil-fuel-led transport. Branded as ‘Clean Planet Air’ in a launch video, the certified kerosene/jet fuel can be used as a direct replacement for the fossil-fuel equivalent.
According to the company, its certified kerosene/jet fuel can be used as a direct replacement for the fossil-fuel equivalent, yet it reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a minimum of 75 percent in comparison, whilst removing thousands of tonnes of waste plastics from the environment every year.
On an average day across the world [post-COVID], you would expect 75 000 planes to take-off. The aviation industry is making great strides to be greener and cleaner, but still, it is calculated by the European Environment Agency (EEA) that a domestic flight, for every 1 000 km traveled – the average distance between the UK and Spain – will release 250 kg of new CO2eq emissions for every economy passenger onboard. Those numbers will not meet the emission cuts the world must make to stop climate change, so alternatives are needed now. Currently, there is no viable commercial alternative to fossil fuel-led aviation, so until there is our strategy is to assist in the reduction of carbon emissions by producing alternative, and greener fuels, said Bertie Stephens, CEO of Clean Planet Energy.
Turtle Shell ecoPlant
Clean Planet Energy’s mission is to process over 1 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste plastics from the environment annually by 2027, and the company aims to achieve this by launching “ecoPlants”.
An ecoPlant is a closed-loop “Turtle Shell” design concept that uses patented and patent-pending pyrolysis and oil-upgrading technology to convert 20 000 tonnes-per-annum of non-recyclable waste plastics into new products, including ultra-clean fuels and petrochemical feedstocks to make new circular-plastics.
Built to BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) standards with low noise levels and minimal waste-heat, an ecoPlant’s core processing is designed to power itself.
Each Turtle Shell has an inner and outer shell – the inner shell is ‘processing and power’, the outer shell is ‘nature’ that includes a nature reserve, tranquility garden, and allotments.
Working with local authorities and compatriot Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd, an international energy and environment consultancy as an EPCM service provider, CPE has currently two ecoPlants – Clean Planet Teesside Ltd and Clean Planet Lowestoft Ltd underway in the UK.
Another four UK projects are in development, and the company is currently scaling its ecoPlant pipeline, working with local authorities around the UK and Europe to provide a revenue-generating solution.
Clean Planet has already introduced a certified, premium, ultra-clean, and zero-sulphur diesel fuel that meets the top EU EN15940 specifications; in addition to further fuels that directly substitute the fossil-fuel requirements for large marine vessels. This latest announcement now means Clean Planet cover almost all major road, sea, and air transport fuel types.
In addition to the carbon-emission savings, our kerosene/jet fuel also has an 850x reduction in the poisonous NOx and SOx emissions which are globally responsible for around 9 000 early-deaths a day. The CPE technology is able to handle plastics that simply cannot be mechanically recycled today, therefore also providing a solution to the waste-plastic crisis too, ended Dr Andrew Odjo, Chief Technology Officer of Clean Planet Energy.