Because the CES OxyNol process only utilizes the organic fraction of the waste stream, Masada developed a vehicle by which the majority of the remaining portions of the waste stream could be converted into energy as well.
Based on available waste characterization studies, plastic was shown to be the second largest component of a typical waste stream. In consideration of this fact, Masada launched its innovative Polyfuels Division in order to identify technology providers capable of converting polymer-based waste (i.e., plastic and rubber) into energy.
After conducting in-depth due diligence on multiple technology providers, Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Projects (“STEPS”), a leading alternative energy company in Mumbai, India, was selected as the most advanced in its field. This determination was the result of extensive research and third-party validation on Polycrack Technology (“Polycrack”), the plastic and rubber-to-fuel technology developed by STEPS.
On November 1, 2011, Masada and STEPS executed a global strategic alliance agreement to deploy Polycrack alongside the CES OxyNol process in each of Masada’s project locations.
The Polycrack system converts the plastic and rubber portions of the waste stream into three products: non-condensable gases, hydrocarbon fuel and a solid coke.
For every ton of plastic waste treated, the process can produce up to 260 gallons of hydrocarbon fuel, which can be distilled into diesel, gasoline or kerosene.
A typical Polycrack system is made up of a pre-heater, a reactor, a catalytic converter, a condenser and distillation columns, as illustrated below: