Australia’s Recycled Tyres as a Source of Biofuel

According to Tim Rose, Managing Director of Australia’s Southern Oil, old tyres are a preferable source of bio-oil feedstock compared to traditional biofuels from plants.

He says that this is because they are in plentiful supply all-year round, can be refined very easily and would reduce Australia’s dependence on imported fuel and the process turns an environmental waste problem into a valuable raw material.

Mr Rose said: “The first ‘trickle’ of oil is now being provided to us from the Green Distillation Technologies tyre recycling plant.

“We have found that the oil they are providing is quite easy to convert to diesel fuel as the main refining step we have to make is the removal of the sulphur. In time, it could become a suitable feedstock for automotive fuel and even aviation fuel.”

Southern Oil is currently building an advanced $16 million (£12.17m) biofuels plant in Queensland.

Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) uses ‘destructive distillation’ technology to recycle each old car tyre into 4kg of carbon, 1.5kg of steel and four litres of oil.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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