Five examples of emerging technologies that are recycling lubricants/oils into new products include WASTX Flash-Technology, Cmbitaly-Technoilogy's technology, Revivoil™ technology, ReGen™ technology, and Yangjiang's technology.
Biofabrik: WASTX Flash-Technology
Biofabrik, a German company, designed a solution using the WASTX Flash-Technology for the processing of oil residues such as waste oil, heating oil or seafaring oils. A WASTX Oil-Plant can refine around 1.000 litres of waste oil each day. It involves a unique process where polluted fuels are purified, condensed and recycled into a usable fuel automatically in several minutes. This is done with a completely new distillation processes which is combined with Cold-Cracking-Technologies and can be used in any location globally.
WASTX Oil only requires a fraction of the produced oil itself. The process is profitable and scalable and has an efficiency of over 75%. During the recycling process a basic fuel is produced which can be used in common conventional combustion engines and generators. “With WASTX Oil we can offer the first decentralized, fully automated complete solution worldwide to recycle oily waste sustainably”, says Oliver Riedel, founder and CEO of Biofabrik corporate group.
Cmbitaly-Technoilogy, an Italian firm, uses its most advanced available technology, to recycle dehydrated waste oil. The recycling process consists of eliminating the carbon residues and the metal oxides, using a suitable treatment, to get re-usable base oils from waste oils.
From a particular quantity of dehydrated waste oil, the technology can recover 76% of new oil, 13% of additive for bituminous membranes, 8% of low sulphur automotive/combustion gasoil, and 3% of by-products useful for energy needs within the factory. The recycling process involves preflash, de-asphalting, fractionation, and hydrofinishing. The final product is a clear oil with very low sulphur and polynuclear aromatics (PNAs) content which complies with API Gr. II/II+ specifications.
NexLube: Revivoil™ technology
NexLube Tampa LLC partnered with Viscolube, an Italian firm, to commence the construction of a used oil recycling and blending plant in Tampa, Florida using Revivoil™ technology. The facility is projected to re-refine 24 million gallons (91,000 m3) of dehydrated used oil yearly. The plant would produce API Group II base oil and several grades of motor oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, and other products.
Gen III: ReGen™ technology
Gen III uses ReGen™ technology, an advanced recycling process. The re-refining process produces the highest yield in the industry of Group III base lubricating oils. The first ReGen™ plant is being constructed in Bowden, Alberta, Canada. Gen III is currently co-locating on an existing refinery plant to make use of existing infrastructure.
Gen III signed an agreement in early 2019 with StormHarbour Securities LP, a New York based firm, to help in getting corporate and institutional investors.
Yangjiang’s New Technology Black does not only purify used oil, it developed a new refining technology that can recycle all types of waste lubricating oil to clear, clean base oil. It can also refine all types of mineral oil which are free from solid particles to new oil. The refining equipment is known as the YJ-SR series machine.
The process can be used to recycle several types of oil including base oil, vacuum side streams, acid-refined oil, waste hydraulic oil, and waste transformer oil. The process is highly efficient, for example the loss for base oil is around 1.5-2%. The viscosity, viscosity index, acid value, carbon residue, demulsification value, and pour point of the refined base oil can become very much like the API II hydrogenated base oil.