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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Tyre derived fuel (TDF) produces 25 percent more energy than coal while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 19.5 percent, according to a press release issued by Liberty Tyre Recycling.
"Based on more than a decade of testing, the US Environmental Protection Agency recognises the use of TDF as a viable alternative to the use of fossil fuels," said Jeffrey Kendall, CEO of Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tyre recycling services in North America. "TDF is one of several viable alternatives to prevent newly generated scrap tyres from inappropriate disposal in tyre piles, and for reducing or eliminating existing tyre stockpiles."
Approximately 10 million tyres per year are consumed as fuel at dedicated tyre-to-energy facilities, which are specifically designed to burn TDF to create energy. Liberty Tire Recycling provides enough TDF to generate 100 percent of the electricity needed to power a city of 153,000 people - equal to the population of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When used as an alternative energy source, TDF generates up to 16,000 BTUs per pound - with lower moisture, sulfur, nitrogen and ash than fossil fuels. Potentially, all of the scrap tyres produced in the US annually could provide an energy source equivalent to 13 million barrels of crude oil.
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Press release from Liberty