Following yesterday’s report on Splash that Vitol and Peabody are supporting a project to turn coal waste into bunker fuel, there’s news from the Netherlands today of another innovative project designed to turn plastic waste into low sulphur diesel for ships. Dutch company Bin2Barrel is building a plant at the Port of Amsterdam to convert unrecyclable plastic into diesel fuel for ships. The plan is to build four plans around the port and to start operations at the end of this year.
The Port of Amsterdam estimates that in the first year, the plant will convert 35,000 tons of garbage into 30m litres of fuel, resulting in a 57,000 ton reduction in carbon emissions each year.
Bin2Barrel was founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema.
The fuel they have created is termed ultra low sulphur diesel (EN590) o the Bin2Barrel website and is claimed to be as sustainable as biodiesel.