Commercial Plant Producing Carbon Nanotubes from Waste Tyres

Vancouver, Canada-based industrial waste to energy specialist, Klean Industries has begun full-scale production of Nano Carbons by recycling feedstock resulting from the pyrolysis of waste tyres.

The company said that it has also formed Klean Carbon, a wholly owned subsidiary through which it will supply advanced Nano Carbons.

According to Klean it plans to market the specialty Nano Carbon materials through Klean Carbon’s new e-procurement web portal.

By utilizing its patented technology the company said that it is producing high-grade nanotubes and fullerenes from feedstock derived from tyre pyrolysis facilities.

The technology has been developed with over 35 years of collaborative research with a number of Japanese companies into nanomaterials, and according to Klean, has enabled the company to be the first to commercially mass-produce Nano Carbons from scrap tyres.

The company added that it has been developing facilities that can process in excess of 250 tonnes per day of high carbon content feedstock into nanomaterials by using advanced thermal treatment technology.


“We take the carbonized materials and pass it through a multi-stage process unique to Klean that removes any impurities by using patented technologies,” explained Jesse Klinkhamer, Klean’s CEO.

“The materials we produce will provide the industry with high-quality nano commodities that can significantly reduce product manufacturing costs and the environmental footprint of such products, while also increasing product durability and improving manufacturing efficiencies at the same time,” he added

Klean Carbon said that its products have been used in many different industrial applications including advanced resins, flexible film packaging applications, solar power films, nano plastics, advanced rubber compounds, touch screen devices, and industrial and performance coatings.

The company explained that its nanomaterials provide improved thermal, mechanical, tensile or protective properties compared to traditional industrial materials.

Klean said that its research laboratories are now working on the next generation of nanomaterials for different applications such as nano-alloys, nano-laminated film, and packaging films with extreme durability.

“Nanotechnology is one of the most important advancements of the coming decade and is critical to the evolution of our environmental sustainability,” concluded Dr. Hiroyuki, head of development at Klean.

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