Pyrum advances major scale-up of waste tire pyrolysis technology
21 Sep 2022
Joint project with Unitank targets 2025 for first of 10 commercial facilities
Dillingen, Germany – Waste tire pyrolysis company Pyrum Innovations AG has signed a memorandum of understanding with German tank terminals operator Unitank for the scaling up of its tire recycling technology.
As part of the deal, the two companies aim to build up to 10 end-of-life tire (ELT) pyrolysis facilities by 2030 across the European Union region.
Each of the planned units is to be equipped with at least three pyrolysis reactors and will have a recycling capacity of around 20 kilotonnes per annum of ELTs.
The first plant will be constructed in Germany, said the Pyrum in a 19 Sept statement, noting that the exact location of the facility will be announced by the end of the year.
The final investment decision for the first plant is to be made in 2023, with commercial operation of the unit set for 24 months later – potentially end of 2025.
"By cooperating with Unitank we take another important step towards the commercial rollout of our unique pyrolysis technology,” said Pascal Klein, Pyrum CEO.
For Unitank, the cooperation will be a milestone towards expanding its business model to management and operations of circular and CO2 neutral energy infrastructure.
“We believe that the technology Pyrum has developed fits best to this objective,” said Unitank CEO Jan Vogel.
Based in Dillingen, Germany, Pyrum has been operating a waste tire recycling plant since May 2020. There it processes up to 10ktpa of end-of-life tires to produce pyrolysis oil and recovered carbon black (rCB).
The company is currently expanding the site to add two further production production lines.
According to the recycler, construction work is progressing well at the site despite “the generally tight supply situation.”
Commissioning of the new tire shredding plant is scheduled for the end of October 2022 and the initial commissioning work on the entire plant is scheduled to start by the end of the current year.
In addition, in July Pyrum formed a joint venture with the companies MCapital GmbH, Textor GmbH and Auer Holding GmbH for the construction and operation of a further 20ktpa pyrolysis plant in Straubing, Bavaria.
According to Pyrum, the partners have already secured a property and signed a so-called pre-engineering contract, which provides for the preparation of the relevant approval documents.