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By Samuel R. Avro on Mar 25, 2009 with no responses

Junk Cars to be Used as a Renewable Energy Source?


Cutting-edge, non-incineration advanced gasification technology will produce enough renewable electricity to power 21,000 homes and create a significantly large negative carbon footprint

The joint venture plans on producing enough renewable electricity to power 21,000 homes.

Chinook Sciences, Ltd., the leading manufacturer and operator of advanced gasification technology, and European Metal Recycling Ltd. (EMR), one of the world’s largest recycling companies and the largest recycler of automobiles in Europe, today announced the formation of the first commercial scale joint venture to convert automobile shredder residue (ASR) into renewable electricity and recover and recycle metal in the process.

The joint venture – named Innovative Environmental Solutions UK Ltd. – will process 120,000 metric tons of automobile shredder residue per year using Chinook’s patented and proprietary RODECS® gasification® will gasify the ASR, destroying all harmful emissions, recover all valuable material – primarily metal – contained in the ASR for recycling, reduce greenhouse gases on a net basis (300,000 M tons) and generate approximately 30 MW of renewable electricity, enough electricity to power 21,000 homes.

Based in Warrington, England, EMR employs approximately 2,300 people and operates at 100 locations around the world. The company’s core business is the recycling of metal-rich waste streams arising from end of life vehicles, consumer products, industry and construction resulting in sales of recycled commodities of around 10 million metric tons a year.

Cranford, New Jersey based Chinook Sciences is a leading manufacturer and operator of advanced gasification technology.

The RODECS® is capable of processing a wide range of organic-based waste streams including E-waste, MSW, and various industrial wastes. The system has been installed in 17 locations throughout the world, where it gasifies organic material without using incineration

ASR is a waste material created by shredding automobiles and comprises approximately twenty-five percent of the weight of the car. The joint venture will be the first commercial scale operation to productively process ASR, capturing the energy contained within, recovering the metals and glass, and reducing the greenhouse gases.

Dr. Rifat Chalabi, chairman of Chinook Sciences, said, “Partnering with EMR is part of the Chinook Sciences Beyond Landfill Global Initiative, which is designed to form joint ventures with environmentally conscious companies looking for advanced technology to recover valuables and convert waste into renewable energy. A unique and very attractive feature of our technology is the creation of a very large negative carbon footprint.”