ECOLUS SK RECYCLING SYSTEM FAQs
1. IS DETRIMENTAL GAS, SUCH AS DIOXIN, DISCHARGED IN SCRAP TIRE PROCESSING?
2. IS THERE ANY DISCHARGE INTO THE SEWAGE FROM SCRAP TIRE PROCESSING?
3. DO CONTAMINANTS COME OUT AS RESIDUALS FROM THE SCRAP TIRE PROCESSING?
4. IS IT TRUE THAT NOXIOUS INSECTS OUTBREAK FROM RAIN WATER IN SCRAP TIRES?
5. CAN SCRAP TIRES BREAK INTO A SPONTANEOUS FLAME & FIRE?
6. WHO IS KOUEI INDUSTRIES INC.?
7. DESCRIBE TERTIARY RECYCLING
8. HOW DO KOUEI RECYCLING PLANTS WORK?
9. HOW MANY SCRAP TIRES CAN A KOUEI PLANT PROCESS IN ONE DAY?
10. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO SUSTAIN SUCH AN OPERATION?
11.WHAT IS THE BREAK DOWN OF INPUT MATERIAL WHEN OPERATING THE ECOLUS SYSTEM FOR EXAMPLE WITH 1000KGS OF INPUT FEEDSTOCK?
12. DO KOUEI INDUSTRIES RECYCLING PLANTS POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT?
13. CAN KOUEI INDUSTRIES PROVIDE TEST RESULTS ON ITS BY-PRODUCTS?
14. DOES KOUEI INDUSTRIES HAVE PATENTS ON ITS TECHNOLOGY?
15. WHAT CAPABILITIES DOES KOUEI INDUSTRIES HAVE?
16. HOW MUCH LAND IS NECESSARY TO CONSTRUCT A KOUEI INDUSTRIES ECOLUS SK PLANT?
17. WHAT IS THE COST OF A FULLY OPERATIONAL FACILITY?
18. WHY DOES KOUEI INDUSTRIES RECEIVE A ROYALTY?
19. HOW MANY RECYCLING PLANTS HAS KOUEI INDUSTRIES BUILT?
20. WHAT ARE KOUEI INDUSTRIES PROSPECTS FOR GROWTH?
Is detrimental gas, such as dioxin, discharged in scrap tire processing?
A: This processing technology does not carry out "incineration" of a scrap tires. We put scrap tires in the big iron cartridge sealed from the open air; we heat the circumference of the cartridge as if we steamed tires and dissolved them. Inside of the iron cartridge remains solids (charcoal and steel) and what is removed from the dissolved tires is gas and oil. Gas is cooled while passing along the cooling tank pipe connected to the iron cartridge, and it then becomes a liquid (oil). The ingredient of this liquid is a light grade diesel oil; it is then filtered to get rid of the powder charcoal and is collected in a storage facility. Full incineration (oxidization decomposition processing) of the gas which did not become a liquid during the cooling process is burned off at a deodorization furnace (hot incinerator), and it is discharged as harmless gas, such as water and a small amount of carbon dioxide. For this reason, "detrimental gas and smoke" is not generated in principle from this form of processing. There is also exhaust gas which a burner generates and dioxin is contained in the discharged gas in a very small quantity from operation start until the end of whole process. Vehicles on the highway driving by our facilities produce more pollution than our technology in full operation.
SK Dry distillation – Heat dissolution device for the plastic and rubber
Discharge gas (dioxin) toxic quantity: Standard point 0.1
Measurement result: Toxin in the exhaust gas is 0.00056ng-TEQ / M3N
Is there any discharge into the sewage from scrap tire processing?
No. This equipment uses water in order to cool the gases which overheated in the iron cartridge and come out as a vapor. However, this water is not discharged outside of equipment nor does it have any chemical contact with what's taking place inside the machine. It is circulated within a storage tank. There is no discharge of water from this system to the exterior as the water is recycled within the system like a car radiator. Since it is only the structure which cools from outside, gas is not mixed with water.
Do contaminants come out as residuals from the scrap tire processing?
As a result of carrying out heat decomposition processing of scrap tires, what finally comes out is charcoal (lump of the carbon called rubber charcoal), the cables of the metal which were in the tires, and oil. The carbon rubber charcoal can be made into activated carbon through an activation process. The same carbon black material can be pressed in briquettes and used as fuel. Once the process is finished and the cartridge is emptied the metal cables or steel wire which was inside the tires can also be pressed into briquettes and sold back into the steel manufacturing process for smelting new steel.
Is it true that noxious insects outbreak from rain water in scrap tires?
A: All collected scrap tires will be kept in a warehouse. When a lot of tire processing is requested and the warehouse has become full, containers are prepared for storage so that the scrap tires are not exposed to rain. Therefore, there is no chance that rain can collect in tires as the hotbed for noxious insects.
Can scrap tires break into a spontaneous flame and fire?
A: Never! Our factory carries out warehousing of the scrap tires as mentioned above. Tires are process within a predetermined period in accordance with a standard. As mentioned above, the outbreak factor of noxious insects and of fire is not issue.
Who is Kouei Industries Inc.?
A: Kouei Industries manufactures and licenses technologies to recycle tires using true tertiary recycling technology.
Describe "Tertiary Recycling"
A: Breaking material down to components that composed the original product.
How do kouei recycling plants work?
A: By placing whole form automobile tires into our world wide patented batch process system and heating them at a low temperature below 600 degrees Celsius. We extract oil, steel and carbon black from used tires and we resale these products. Research and development undertaken in the last few years has established that the carbon black can be converted into activated carbon, which commands a significantly higher market price than carbon black and appears to have a greater number of market outlets. The conversion can be accomplished with off-the-shelf commercially available equipment. Some loss of product is incurred in the activation process approximately 25%, but this is expected to be more than offset by the higher price. The most attractive markets for the activated carbon appear to be for waste water treatment and removal of mercury contained in flue gases generated by coal-fired electric generating plants, although there are also niche markets available where premium prices may be obtained.
How many scrap tires can a Kouei plant process in one day?
A: Approximately 2000 car size tires or 16 tons of tires. However, it would be relatively easy to double capacity by addition of a third dry distillation pyrolysis reactor.
What resources are available to sustain such an operation?
A: According to the Scrap Tire Management Council, over three billion (3,000,000,000) tires are currently stockpiled in North America alone, and over 350 million more are discarded each year. Simply to handle current discard, well over 1000 ECOLUS™ SK plants would have to be built and this would not take one tire off existing stockpiles. Kouei Industries efforts during the past few years have established that supplies of whole and shredded tires are available at a number of locations throughout the North America. Supply of tires is not a problem and in fact “tipping fees” may be paid by most States, Provinces and Countries for recycling tires in North America.
What is the break down of input material when operating the ECOLUS System for example with 1000Kgs of input feedstock?
A: Conceivably, you can expect to recover the following from the breakdown below:
Mitsui Bussan Plant
Kg / %
Amount of Synthetic Resin Introduced
1000kg / ---
560Kg / 56%
140Kg / 14%
300Kg / 30%
Amount of Oil Use
180kg / 18%
Residual Oil Recovered
120Kg / 12%
Do Kouei Industries recycling plants pollute the environment?
A: No. All of Kouei's operating plants have been tested by the highest standards and the Company's patented technology is internationally proven, and exceeds the most stringent environmental standards in place in Canada , U.S.A. ( California included) and the Ministry of Environment in Japan. Over 20 years of research and development has been conducted to produce a solution that exceeds any pyrolysis recycling technology currently available from other pyrolysis vendors. While other pyrolysis vendors were just dreaming about commercialization, Kouei Industries was secretly already operating on a commercial level and has been doing so for years.
Can kouei Industries provide test results on its products?
A: Yes, Kouei Industries has independent test results on all of its products. The recovered oil is a high-grade fuel oil containing gasoline, kerosene and naphtha. The fuel oil produced is similar to diesel fuel. Approximately 350 liters of oil per 100 average automobile tires. We can provide 3rd party analysis on all our products from several testing facilities. Product samples are available upon request.
Does Kouei Industries have patents on its technology?
A: Kouei Industries has received many patents. Some of Kouei Industries proprietary technology shall be maintained as Trade Secret information.
What capabilities does Kouei Industries have?
A: Kouei has various plans build and establish itself in the market place. One such way is to license its recycling technology to third parties in exchange for up-front licensing fees and on-going production royalties. These fees and royalties are negotiable, as is the Territory which will be covered by any particular licensing agreement. Kouei will also provide technical assistance in engineering, constructing and operating new plants (on reimbursable cost basis) and retain a certain amount of control with respect to changes or modifications from current plant design. Kouei also has working relationships with engineering and construction management firms around the world. As developments warrant, Kouei could also become involved as a joint venture partner in recycling plants and share in construction cost and profits. It is expected that the duration of a license agreement will extend for the life of any plant or plants, but that an additional license fee and royalties will be charged for subsequent plants built by the same licensee.
How much land is necessary to construct a Kouei Industries ECOLUS? SK plant?
A:Approximately Plant size for 1 ECOLUS? SK system is approximately 3200 square feet so a complete housing facility for 1 SK is suggested to be around 10,000 square feet with optional 40 foot ceilings and 3 ton travel crane. The system requires a 30 centimeter concrete pad for the system to sit on.
What is the cost of a fully operational facility?
A:The actual cost of each plant will vary depending on site location, available infrastructure for the site, whether an existing building is available. The turn-key contract costs for the initial operation, exclusive of site, building, and infrastructure is completely customer and site specific and no two projects are the same. The purchase price will include license fees and the costs of Kouei Industries technical supervision and assistance during installation and set up. Once Kouei has received a purchase order for one of our systems the complete plant will be assembled and fully operational in approximately 6 months from the date of the invoice anywhere in the world.
Does Kouei Industries receive a royalty?
A: Royalties are optional depending on the structure of the sale. With these royalties Kouei can provide technical support and maintenance for the lifetime of the plant. Depending on the situations and available feedstock Kouei would generally not construct another competing processing plant in the same geographical area causing competition for feedstock.
How many recycling facilities has Kouei Industries built?
A:Kouei Industries built its 1st R & D plant in the 1990's just 1 hour outside Tokyo, Japan in Siatama Prefecture. There are plants in Hiroshima (Chiyoda & Onomichi), Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Kobe, Osaka, Okayama, and other plants under various stages of development including central Europe, Scandinavia, Malaysia, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the USA. Mitsui Bussan the world's second largest Pyrolysis and Gasification manufacturer has chosen to private label the ECOLUS™ SK system for domestic sales in Japan within the next year. With many fully commercial plants built and more plants destined for North America and Europe by year end, Kouei Industries is destined to define green energy.
What are Kouei Industries prospects for growth?
A: Kouei, along with its research partners in the UK, Australia, Africa, Europe, Japan and China are continuing to develop and expand the companies focus to include tertiary recycling of commodity plastics, Biomass, composite materials and scrap electronics. Both the scale of the problem poised by plastics waste and the value of the products that can be reclaimed present an unlimited future for Kouei Industries environmental technology.