Renewable Fuel from Recycled Plastics

Cielo Waste Solutions is opening its first refinery in southern Alberta.  It aims to utilize cutting edge technology to reduce carbon footprint while changing the way household waste is recycled.  It will convert landfill garbage into renewable diesel fuel.

Headquartered in Red Deer, Canada, the company claims to be the first producer of renewable diesel, and that it is fully compatible with provincial-mandated and federal renewable fuels regulations.  These regulations require the blending of fossil diesel into renewables used in transportation fuel.

Cielo’s plans are to eventually open four more refineries across the province, diverting approximately 128,000 tons of waste per year from landfills in Canada.  For perspective, Canada has about 31-million tons of garbage a year.  These additional facilities would be in Brooks, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat.

According to Cielo, all seven types of plastics that go into a landfill can be used in their recycling process to create high-grade, low-cost renewable diesel fuel.  Cielo’s end product is more economically sustainable and environmentally friendly that bio-fuels recycled from food sources.

The recycling process Cielo uses involves the use of chemicals and heat to change the composition of the waste in order to collect diesel carbon molecules.  These diesel carbon molecules are then processed into renewable jet diesel, transportation diesel, and naptha fuel.

The other cities are all eager to see the additional facilities open in their areas.  Grand Prairie lease the province in entrepreneurialism and innovation, and officials there would be happy to see the jobs come into the city as well.  Calgary look forward to having a local company handle as much waste recycling as possible.

Each refinery, expected to be built by the end of 2020, will produce about 2,000 liters of renewable fuel per hour.  Cielo has patents pending in Canada and is also working on getting regulators to adjust restrictions on allowing plastics to be included in the recycling of waste to transportation diesel.