New Update from Thermal Recycling
Coronavirus has changed everyone’s short term plans.
We were aiming to open our demonstration plan in September, but the plant is now closed and will not re-open until government advice changes.
We have decided to produce a regular newsletter to describe what we have been working on for the last year. It will be posted on our website, LinkedIn and distributed to everyone who has signed up to our newsletter.
Progress in Commissioning Our Plant
In this newsletter, I will describe the stage that we have reached in terms of opening what we believe to be the World’s first scale-able and commercially viable plant to treat asbestos and thereby divert it away from landfill.
Our plant is now built and we have proven that our technology works and that we can eradicate asbestos. Over the years there have been several tests by academics who have proven that it is possible to denature asbestos. Until now, no one has been able to do this on an industrial scale.
This video below shows our kiln opening having successfully denatured asbestos.
— Thermal Recycling (@ThermalRecycli1) April 6, 2020
Denaturing is an accurate description of the process. The heat causes asbestos to transform into a new substance which is no longer asbestos.
In a subsequent Newsletter, I will explain in detail how this process works, as understanding the process helps to understand why we can be sure that the treated material does not contain any asbestos.
As part of commissioning the plant, we will denature eight loads of asbestos. Our first load was denatured in January and we had planned to complete the commissioning in April. We are now halfway through our commissioning trials having successfully denatured around thirty-five tonnes of asbestos in four loads. Having proven we can eradicate asbestos our tests are now focussed on doing this as efficiently as possible. The remaining tests are on hold until we can safely re-open the plant again.
What happens to the treated material?
We have called the treated material Calmag because it is made up of calcium, magnesium and aluminium silicates, sulphates and oxides. In future Newsletters, I will talk about the extensive scientific work that we have done to analyse the treated material.