A small, new Ohio company thinks it's cracked the code for taking waste plastics and rubber and turning them into hydrocarbons for the petroleum industry.
ACM PolyFlow Inc. in Akron is getting ready to launch a pilot reactor that will take a mixed stream of polymeric waste and essentially unzip it down to materials like styrene, ethyl benzene and toluene.
The firm said it will be able to take a mixed stream of tires and plastics from all kinds of sources, like automotive, electronic and municipal waste, and convert it to something valuable.
ACM founder Charles Grispin told an audience at the Society of Plastics Engineers Environmental Division conference, held in Detroit in February, that the company believes it has a method to use anaerobic pyrolysis to make aromatic hydrocarbons cheaply. He said the company is looking for a place to test a near-commercial-scale design.
The company's demonstration project can process material in 1,000-pound batches, but the firm wants to be able to transform that into a continuous process. Grispin and Chief Executive Officer Milan Dubravcic are ACM's sole investors.