Danish company is building one of the world’s largest pyrolysis plants at the Port of Nyborg
Each year, a million of worn-out tyres are burned across EU countries rather than being recycled. The Danish company Elysium Nordic would like to break that practice and is building one of the world’s largest pyrolysis plants for the recycling of tyres at the Port of Nyborg. As one of the first, the plant will be able to recover carbon black which is irreplaceable in the production of i.a. tyres and other rubber-based materials. According to plan, the plant will be completed in 2021 and will employ about 30 employees.
24,000 tonnes. This is the amount of CO2 that a future pyrolysis plant at the Port of Nyborg will spare the atmosphere each year once it starts recycling worn-out tyres in 2021. That is equivalent to emissions from the production of 1,237 tonnes of beef or 211 million kilometres in a new car.
The large reduction of CO2 is because the plant will recover 9,000 tonnes of carbon black from the 30,000 tonnes of tyres handled by the plant each year. Carbon black is a black carbon powder that is primarily produced from oil. Depending on the process, it takes somewhere between 1.5 and 2 kilos of oil to produce one kilo of carbon black. That oil consumption can be avoided is carbon black is recovered from worn-out car tyres instead.
‘We would like to contribute to creating a more circular and far more sustainable and financially sound approach to handling worn-out tyres. We're taking that first step with this plant’, says Jens Elton Andersen, CEO of WindSpace A/S which is in charge of Elysium Nordic’s recycling project.
It is no coincidence that one of the world's largest pyrolysis plants will be built at the Port of Nyborg. The central location of the Port of Nyborg provides some logistical advantages as Elysium Nordic can have tyres delivered by ship on their doorstep, and the recycled materials can subsequently easily be transported to customers via the motorway network.
The central location of the port, the possibilities of recruiting relevant manpower and the business-friendly environment in the municipality decided the issue, and Rune D. Rasmussen, CCO of ADP A/S, which owns the Port of Nyborg, is very pleased.
‘In recent years, ADP has drawn several new companies to town, and they have created growth and jobs. That means a lot to a town like Nyborg, and we are therefore happy that we succeeded in attracting Elysium Nordic through hard work and advice’, says Rune D. Rasmussen.
It will cost about DKK 300 million to build the plant, and when it is completed in 2021 according to plan, it will employ about 30 employees. The mayor of Nyborg Municipality, Kenneth Muhs, is excited about more jobs, but he is just as excited about Elysium Nordic’s green profile.
‘Denmark has a goal of having a more circular economy, and I’m proud that we can get one of the companies that will bring the technology of the future to settle in our town. In my view, that strengthens our position as one of the most attractive municipalities in the country in which to establish a company’, says Kenneth Muhs.
Elysium will have an information meeting about the project in Nyborg this spring in order to present the project to neighbours and other local stakeholders.