Client: Norstar

Norstar Pyrolysis Plant

ideas* were recently engaged by steel recycler, Norstar, to develop a cutting-edge waste reduction facility.

Using a process called pyrolysis the facility will help Norstar significantly boost their recycling capabilities.

Pyrolysis involves thermochemical decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen and typically occurs under pressure and at operating temperatures above
430 °C (800 °F).

The plant will process Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR) processed at the company’s main Laverton facility and from other similar sites across Victoria.

The process will help Norstar:

  • Produces a syngas that can be used to run an electricity generator to power the system and other equipment at the site, reducing overall power cost.
  • Cleans and refine carbon char (the by-product) ready for sale to other markets.
  • Recover any precious metals from the char.
  • Reduce landfill volumes by up to 90%, reducing transport and disposal costs.
  • ideas* are currently completing the preliminary engineering for the Laverton facility.

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