BlueAlp™ Technology

 

The BlueAlp™ Technology is designed to transform plastic waste (feedstock) into valuable cracker feedstock in a safe, reliable and economic way. The BlueAlp technology has a competitive advantage via continuous process that enables to have high quality oil due to unique futures in the design of the unit. Our technology has a rich history of development.

The first successful demonstration was with a pilot production plant at ~3 kt size 2004.

This 3kt, operating this plant provided deep and valuable insights into further optimizing the BlueAlp plastic to chemicals technology.

These insights ensured that BlueAlp was able to run the first commercial prototype plant with partner Renasci & Den Hartog by 2020. Despite the fact that the development was done with a very limited budget, choices had to be made to keep the commercial unit at minimal costs. Despite the minimum scope, this first commercial prototype is able to manage 17kt feedstock input per year.

Looking ahead, the next version of technology will be deployed in a joint venture with Shell in the Netherlands. This next version of technology has been further improved based on learning of the first commercial prototype plant. The new version of technology has a step change in safety philosophy, aligning with the safety approach for the petrochemical industry. This new version of the technology has besides safety a step change with respect to reliability and further improvements on feedstock flexibility. This makes the BlueAlp technology with a continuous process, broad feedstock range and high-quality product outputs the best in class technology.

Below you will find additional information regarding some aspects of our process. Please feel free to contact us in case you wish to receive more information.

Feedstock

 

Feedstock is one of the most important aspects of a BlueAlp™ plant. The quality of the feedstock has a direct effect on the quality of the produced oil and the performance of the plant. Therefore, a standard BlueAlp™ plant is equipped with a feedstock pre-treatment section where the feedstock is:

- shredded

- analysed

- contaminants removed

- dried

- buffered

 

We have developed 3 feedstock composition envelopes for which we have determined standard pre-treatment lines.

 

It is important to emphasize that feedstock for a BlueAlp™ plant is not to be taken from streams that otherwise would have been recycled.

Product Oil

 

The product oil produced by our BlueAlp™ Technology is best characterized as gasoil with a low suplhur content. A detailed specification of our guaranteed product oil quality is available on request. This oil can be used as fuel or as a feedstock for chemical processes.

 

Additionally, the system produces two secondary product streams, being light hydrocarbons (liquid) and char/bitumen (solid).

After Market Support

 

After a BlueAlp™  plant is started-up, BlueAlp provides continued support to the plant operators.

 

All BlueAlp™  plants are connected to our Condition & Performance Monitoring System in The Netherlands from where we monitor all plants worldwide.

 

Besides the 24/7 service hotline, through which plant operators have access to our remote assistance and call out service, we offer periodic vists and remote plant benchmarking.

 

For each plant a spare parts programme will be set up in order to maximise plant performance and uptime.

 

 

Environmental Impact Reduction

 

In 2016 a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is performed on the BlueAlp Technology (including the feedstock pre-treatment system). This LCA is performed by SGS Intron and is subsequently reviewed and approved by IVAM UvA

Major outcomes from the LCA study are:

  • For each ton of plastic which is processed by the BlueAlp™ Technology, 1200 kg of CO2 emissions are avoided.

  • The production of 1 liter of oil by the BlueAlp™ Technology process has 68% less environmental impact when compared with the production of 1 liter regular fossil fuel.