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Clean Planet Energy unveils two new ultra-clean marine fuels

UK waste plastic recovery technology developer Pyroplast Energy Ltd, currently trading as Clean Planet Energy (CPE), has released details of two new "ultra-clean fuels" manufactured to replace fossil fuels in the marine industry, for use in any ship or vessel. Branded under the banner of “Clean Planet Oceans”, both fuels are produced using non-recyclable waste plastics.

A Clean Planet Energy 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 (image courtesy CPE).

According to the company, these fuels can provide carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) reductions of over 75 percent, and significantly reduce harmful air pollutants by up to 1 500x.

Following Clean Planet’s recent announcement of ultra-clean aviation fuel, Clean Planet Oceans includes an ultra-clean Marine Residual Fuel – also known as bunker fuel or heavy fuel oil (HFO) – meeting international ISO 8712 2017 standards, and also a premium Marine Distillate Fuel which matches the highest EN15940 Diesel specification.

In addition to the 75 percent CO2e reduction, a significant benefit of these new fuels is the notable decrease in nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulphur oxides (SOx), the latter by 1 500x when compared to the latest, stringent International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.

Air-pollutants such as sulphur are measured by ppm (parts per million). Under the IMO 2020 regulations implemented last year, a ship with a scrubber installed onboard is allowed to emit 35 000 ppm of sulphur into the sea when burning fossil marine fuel oil, whilst a ship without a scrubber is allowed to emit 5 000ppm of sulphur into the air. In contrast, Clean Planet Energy’s Marine Residual Fuel has a sulphur content of just 35 ppm, and Clean Planet Energy’s Marine Distillate has a sulphur content of just 3 ppm. This means that ships using Clean Planet Ocean’s marine distillate fuel can reduce sulphur pollution by over 1500x compared to ships using fossil fuel without a scrubber, and by more than 10,000x compared to ships with a scrubber, said Dr Andrew Odjo, CTO at Clean Planet Energy.

Keep oil in the ground and tackle plastic waste

The UK based renewable energy company will produce these ultra-clean circular fuels inside their ecoPlants that can accept and convert non-recyclable waste-plastics into these fuels. Globally, an estimated 203 million tonnes of plastic will become non-recyclable waste, in 2021.

There is currently no legitimate and scaled alternative compared to using carbon-based fuels in the Marine and Aviation sector. Whereas cars are moving to electric, the lifespan of large vessels means we’ll be stuck using fossil fuel engines for many years to come. By using non-recyclable waste plastics as a feedstock for fuels in these industries, we can reduce the daily CO2e emissions by 75 percent, keep fossil-oil in the ground, and win valuable time in the world’s battle to hit net-zero carbon emissions, said Dr Andrew Odjo.

Currently, Clean Planet have two ecoPlants in the construction phase, with another four in development and have a mission to build ecoPlants to process over 1 million tonnes of waste plastics per annum.

A standard Clean Planet ecoPlant can process 20 000 tonnes of waste plastics per annum. Globally, an estimated 203 million tonnes of plastic become non-recyclable waste annually.

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