By Miles Moore, Senior Washington Reporter
HOUSTON (Oct. 31, 2014) — Liberty Tire Recycling L.L.C. has signed a long-term supply agreement with Global Clean Energy Inc. (GCE), a waste-to-energy alternative fuels company, covering tire chips as feedstock for a pyrolysis facility CGE intends to open in an as-yet indisclosed location.
“The supply agreement allows GCE to move forward with their planned tires-to-fuel project, which will convert tires, through proven pyrolysis gasification technology, into transportation fuel and tire-derived carbon char,” GCE said.
Kenneth S. Adessky, GCE chief financial officer, told Tire Business he can't reveal whose pyrolysis technology GCE will use. However, he did say GCE is licensing and acquiring the technology, and that it is being used in about 20 plants worldwide.
The new plant will use the equivalent of more than 800,000 scrap tires annually to produce some 1.5 million gallons of fuel, according to GCE, and is the first of several tires-to-fuel facilities GCE plans to build in North America.
Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire has contracted to begin supplying tire chips as soon as the GCE plant is operational, Mr. Adessky said. It is premature to say when that will happen, or even where the facility will be located, he said in a telephone interview with Tire Business.