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RES Polyflow finds a West Coast partner for energy recovery

Energy recovery company RES Polyflow announced the formation of ENRETEC, a Nevada-based company that will direct the implementation of energy recovery sites in the Western U.S. featuring RES Polyflow's patented end-of-life plastic recycling technology. The joint venture is owned and operated by RES Polyflow and principals of the development and implementation team, investor group Polyflow West.RES Polyflow CEO Jay Schabel said the ENRETEC joint venture is a pivotal first step toward full commercialization.

PlasticsToday Staff

July 23, 2013

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RES Polyflow finds a West Coast partner for energy recovery

"As we prove this highly productive and profitable technology operating with continuous feed at full production output, our focus moves to expanding our ability to provide qualified resources to support our growth," he said in a news release. "Our partners within ENRETEC have access to the talent, capital and industry partners in the Western states that will enhance our ability to support rapid deployment and growth."

RES Polyflow said that its process is easily scalable once implemented and can be expanded to meet feedstock volume and liquid fuels output demand in a given market.  

ENRETEC principal Richard Holub said he sees the economic advantage of deploying RES Polyflow's energy recovery technology in major markets as a profitable alternative to more traditional forms of disposal of problematic plastic waste streams.

"After a thorough evaluation of the competition and the RES Polyflow technology, we are convinced that the RES Polyflow process represents the best use for this segment of the MSW stream," he said. "As the exclusive representative and implementation partner for RES Polyflow in key markets of Arizona, California and Nevada, ENRETEC looks forward to engaging qualified investors for our operating entities."

In 2011, the world generated an estimated 2 billion tons of municipal solid waste, according to a report from Pike Research. Over the next decade this number is anticipated to grow higher, which may increase global demand for solutions that convert waste into heat and electricity, a family of processes known as waste-to-energy.

Although more than 800 thermal waste-to-energy plants currently operate in nearly 40 countries around the globe, these facilities treated just 11% of municipal solid waste generated worldwide in 2011 compared to the 70% that was landfilled, the report stated.

The global market for thermal and biological waste-to-energy technologies will reach at least $6.2 billion in 2012 and grow to $29.2 billion by 2022, the market intelligence firm forecasts. Under the optimistic forecast scenario, market value could reach $80.6 billion by 2022.

RES Polyflow's efforts are focused on establishing independently operated energy recovery facilities as well as selling licensed equipment to energy park developers, recyclers, landfill operators and organizations managing large polymer waste streams. In addition to implementing the technology in North America, the company is exploring opportunities to export its locally produced process equipment to Europe, China, India and Australia.

RES Polyflow is completing the startup phase of a full scale processing facility in Northeast Ohio that is capable of converting 60 tons per day of end-of-life plastic into marketable transportation fuels on a continuous basis. The company holds process and equipment patents in the U.S. and seven other countries.

The company looks to create value in products that weren't previously recycled including packaging such as potato chip bags, candy wrappers, peanut butter jars without the rinsing, along with compressed pucks of Naval vessel polymer waste, plastic oil cans with the film of oil, among others.

"If it is polymer, our process can extract the value from it," Schabel said.

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