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Tyre Recycling Pyrolysis for producing oil with less than 0.2% sulphur content, low cost
sulphur impregnated carbon for reducing mercury air emissions, with simultaneous elemental

Objective

SULFREE offers a complete, end-to-end process for ELT recycling, which breaks down tyres to valuable products
that can be reused by the EU tyre industry; instead of merely recycling them either as tyre crumb or as fuel (i.e.
tyres are burned for power production). The recovery of oil and sulphur reduces the dependence on imported
products and lessens the effect of price volatility on tyre production whereas the sulphur-impregnated
activated carbon (S-AC) will aid in reducing mercury emissions.

The project will (a) develop a novel, platform technology implementing a specially designed Fixed Bed Reactor
for the hydrodesulphurisation of the pyrolysis vapour (combined oil and gas fraction), resulting in a gas rich in
hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and oil with sulphur content less than 0.2%, (b) develop a monoethanolamine (MEA)
stripper to capture H2S from the gas and optimize the Claus Process for recovering the sulphur (c) optimize
microwave pyrolysis technology for breaking down end of life tyres and (d) optimize the technology for
activating the solid carbon black. The gas and heat produced during the process will be used for the energy
requirements of the process and for activating the solid carbon black. The major novelty of the process is that
the fixed bed reactor, the MEA stripper and the Claus process will design and operate at a significantly smaller
scale.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE
Address
Ioannoy Metaxa 59
19400 Koropi Attikis
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 16 800
Administrative Contact
Panagiotis Chatzakos (Mr.)

Participants (7)

Autico Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 340 675,75
Address
Broadway Road West Leigh
TA19 9RA Ilminster Somerset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Poole (Mr.)
CRUMB RUBBER IRELAND LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 213 706
Address
Mooretown Dromiskin
Dundalk Louth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leo Kerley (Mr.)
FRICKE UND MALLAH MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 243 372,50
Address
Werner Nordmeyer Str 25
31226 Peine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Mallah Dipl.-Ing (Mr.)
WLB LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 161 378
Address
Zinonos Sozou (Office 103) 11
1075 Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Sotiropoulou (Mrs.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 45 459
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Fawcett (Mr.)
INNOVHUB - STAZIONI SPERIMENTALI PER L'INDUSTRIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 14 400
Address
Via Meravigli 9 B
20123 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Comolla (Dr.)
MATERIAL Y EQUIPOS DE VIDRIO DE LABORATORIO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 252 023,75
Address
Calle Belmonte De Tajo 76 1B
28019 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Del Alamo Fraile (Ms.)