A mIcro-solution to the mAcro problem

APO provides 100% recycling of plastic waste through community-based waste management and micro-recycling infrastructure that is suited for Asian conditions.

 
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APO SOLUTION

Our aim is to provide sustainable, high quality solutions for the recovery and recycling of resources from plastic waste streams. Since plastics have an energy value higher than coal, the landfilling of end-of-life plastic waste constitutes a loss of an important energy resource. We utilise environmentally-responsible technology to provide recycling raw material under highest quality standard and to produce renewable and sustainable energy.

Holger (Founder & CEO)

BASED ON REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS

APO was set up by Holger Borchert, following years of experience at the forefront of plastic pollution reclamation from our oceans.
As a father of two, living in Hong Kong and working as an independent entrepreneur in Asia for almost three decades, he one day decided to create the APO concept as a peoples’ movement to fight plastic insanity in Asia.

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EMPOWERS COMMUNITY-BASED ACTION

The APO solution empowers governments, businesses, local communities and even individuals to take action into their own hands through community-based waste management and local micro-recycling infrastructure that suits Asian conditions and provides 100% recycling of plastic pollution. We also help reduce the overall carbon footprint through integrated APO REFORESTATION PROGRAM.

APO SOLUTION PROVIDES JOBS AND INCOME FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

By combining new technologies, 100% of recovered plastic waste can now be recycled or turned into reusable energy, either gas or fuel/oil. This brings jobs and income for the local community, in addition to those provided by community-based waste collection and management infrastructure.


APPROVED TECHNOLOGY

APO by definition does not depend in any way on any specific technology or supplier. As a fully self-financed operator of plastic waste processing systems we select and combine several different technologies in one system, according to local needs and conditions of each single project. The system’s operation is handled in cooperation with local partners and for the benefit of local communities.

We focus on small-size, decentralised systems with a high flexible, modular container based design of all single aggregates. This enables us to quickly set up this environmentally-responsible and profitable plastic waste conversion concept in almost any location in Asia, exactly where the problem occurs. We do not depend on any prior required infrastructural measures neither in front nor behind our facilities.

These technologies already exist and have been successfully operating around the world. APO’s unique approach is to redesign these technologies and adjust them for the Plastic Waste to Energy concept to work in a small-sized, modular container that suit conditions in Asia.

Instead of over dimensioning single systems, we simply scale numbers of our small aggregates to properly address bigger emerging waste volumes. According to the local project needs, we design every unit from scratch and therefore combine and install single modules from different suppliers and deliver customized plug & play solutions. We start with the smallest amount of 250kg plastic per day and unit.

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Plastic Recycling
Plastic to Oil (Polymerisation)
Plastic to Oil (Syn-Cat-Cracking)
Plastic to Gas (Methane)


APO – WASTE STREAM CONCEPT

Subject to local needs and conditions regarding volume, type and quality of plastic waste feedstock and access to the global recycling industry, the feasible technologies vary in type, capacity, products and efficiency. Therefore we identify three different streams for the plastic waste processing concept.

Waste Stream Categories:

  1. location with high/medium plastic waste volume and access to the recycling industry

  2. location with high/medium plastic waste quantities but no access to the recycling industry

  3. location with small waste plastic quantities consuming their own waste for energy generation

Plastic Waste Categories:

  • A: best quality, assorted with minor pollution and no chemical defects (i.e. PE, PP delivered from landfill)

  • B: medium quality: all types with medium pollution grade (i.e. local collection)

  • C: poor quality, heavily polluted and/or with chemical defects (i.e. marine waste)


STREAM 1: RECYCLING & W2E TECHNOLOGY

For regions with established recycling infrastructure and/or existing access to the global recycling market, it makes perfect sense to recycle and regain plastic material. Global market prices for high-quality recyclates provide another interesting income stream for plastic waste treatment.

Supporting our Clean Sea & Shorelines Initiative, we provide a decentralised, local sea- and land-based waste management for the treatment of all(!) collected plastic waste.

By using recycling, pyrolysis, synthetic catalytic cracking and/or gasification, we generate high-quality recyclate, electrical power, fuel oil and other valuable chemicals from the collected plastic waste according to the local needs.

  1. Collection (landscape & beach clean ups, maritime waste collection, etc.)

  2. Transportation to and collection at local W2E units

  3. Recycling of plastic material and energetic recovery
    (plastic to energy)

  4. Decentralised local feed-in/usage of fuel, electric power
    & heat/cooling

  5. Global marketing of other products/commodities with contractual partners


STREAM 2: WASTE TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

For regions with long distances to the global recycling industry have due to their location high travelling costs. They might also even be missing links to recycling customers, it rather makes good economic sense to stay focused on a Waste to Energy strategy only.

For example. remote islands spend a fortune on importing fossil energy sources, like diesel fuel or LPG/LNG. In addition to the benefits of having renewable and sustainable electrical power generated from plastic wastes, these regions can at the same time save high transportation costs and reduce their carbon footprint in a most sustainable manner.

Supporting our Clean Sea & Shorelines Initiative we provide a decentralized, local sea and land based waste management for the sustainable treatment of all collected plastic wastes.

By using pyrolysis and/or gasification we generate electrical power, fuel oi l and other commodities from the collected plastic wastes, according to the local needs.

  1. Collection (landscape & beach clean ups, maritime waste collection, etc.)

  2. Transportation to and collection at local W2E units

  3. Energetic recovery (plastic to energy)

  4. Decentralised local feed-in/usage of fuel, electric power
    & heat/cooling

  5. Global marketing of other products/commodities with contractual partners


STREAM 3: CONSUMPTION OR ISLAND CONCEPT

Our smallest units (0.25~1t/day) are capable of processing one source's plastic wastes resulting in own consumption and executed clean ups of surrounding local environmental pollution.

A hotel for example transforms its plastic waste into a sustainable, reliable and profitable source of electric and heat power to be used for air conditioning, heating, warm water generation and even operated land and marine vehicles.

  1. Collection (consumption, landscape & beach clean ups, maritime waste, etc.)

  2. local W2E unit: energetic recovery (plastic waste to energy)

  3. Independent local feed-in/usage of fuel, electric power
    & heat/cooling, warm water

  4. Reducing CO2 footprint and implementing ecological 360° plastic use concept


Recycling + Waste to Energy

 

EXTRACTING HIGH ENERGETIC FUELS FROM PLASTIC WASTE (PTF/PTO)

Over the past few years, plastics-to-fuel (PTF) technologies have emerged as a potential solution to reducing plastic marine litter and the landfilling of end-of-life plastics. PTF is an advanced waste conversion technology that is considered complementary to existing recycling efforts as it typically does not target plastic resins that are highly valued by global commodity recycling markets.

Through different configurations of pyrolysis technologies, the principal output of PTF technologies is a liquid petroleum product - either a synthetic crude oil or refined fuels which can be used as home heating oil (fuel oil No.2), diesel fuel, gasoline and kerosene, fuel for combined heat and power generation equipment and industria l purposes and residual fuel oils for sale to heavy oil users. In many parts of the world, liquid petroleum products derived from plastics represent a low-sulphur content product, yielding air quality benefits as well.

In fact, our fuel can be produced and dispensed at the same location.

The production of fuel from a domestically available renewable resource at an efficient and economical rate will provide the coming “100% Plastic Waste Free Economy” with its own set of financial and environmental benefits. Performing an 1:1 ratio our system works incredible efficient. With one kilogram of PE/PP plastic waste we generate 1 litre fuel/oil under most competitive market prices. Other plastics reach a 70% efficiency rate.

Our innovative processes of generating fuel/oil out of plastic wastes are completely cohere, with no critical emissions and therefore harm-less for the environment. With our integrated APO REFORESTATION PROGRAM we sustainably minimize users carbon footprint by 100% at the same time.

Plastic To Oil/Fuel


HPS/CINA TECHNOLOGY

Using our patented HPS/CINA technology for gasification as a treatment of all collected plastic wastes, seamlessly plastic is converted into methane, while not using any(!) types of plastic waste as feedstock. Our HPS/CINA gasification system uses methane to generate electric/heat power and other commodities from the collected plastic wastes, according to the local needs.

EXTRACTING HYDROGEN FROM WASTES (PTH)

We use our patented HPS/CINA technology for gasification as a treatment of all collected plastic wastes to generate hydrogen as a substitute for fossil hydrocarbon fuels.

Renewables are gaining popularity quickly, and the concept of transportation fuels, such as ethanol, from non-petroleum sources is becoming familiar to the majority of consumers. Hydrogen has the potential to provide energy for stationary conversion devices using fuel cells, as well as for any transportation need, such as the use in on-road and off-road vehicles. In fact, hydrogen can be produced and dispensed at the same location. The production of hydrogen from a domestically available renewable resource at an efficient and economical rate will provide the coming “Hydrogen Economy” with its own set of financial and environmental benefits.

Our patented process of extracting hydrogen from plastic wastes is completely cohere, with no critical emissions and is therefore harmless for the environment.

EXTRACTING METHANE FROM PLASTIC WASTE (PTM)

We specialise in providing solutions to waste disposal issues, by utilizing these wastes to generate methane for the use of a substitute for electric power and heat generation out of hydrocarbon fuels, coal and others.

Methane has the potential to provide energy for stationary conversion devices (CPHU, NGPG), as well as for electrical and heat/cooling energy such as use for heating, hot water generation and air conditioning.

In fact, methane can easily be produced, stored and dispensed at the same location. The production of methane from a domestically available renewable resource at an efficient and economical rate will provide the coming “100% Plastic Waste Free Economy” with its own set of financia l and environmental benefits.

Our patented HPS/CINA process of extracting methane out of plastic wastes is completely cohere, with no critica l emission and therefore harmless for the environment.

With our integrated APO REFORESTATION PROGRAM we sustainably minimise users carbon footprint by 100% at the same time.

Based on our local, decentralised and small scaled Waste to Energy concept, all the extraction of fuel/oil, hydrogen and methane out of plastic wastes, are highly efficient, sustainable and ecologically high in value for every community in Asia.

Plastic To Gas/Methane


PERFORMANCE NUMBERS

1. Recycling Unit

This fully automated unit separates, cleans & transports plastic feedstock to the PTO/PTG units.
Capacity based on the 1*40’ container design: 6~8t plastic per unit & day Efficiency ratio: 1:1 plastics

2. Plastic to Oil

All PE/PP material delivered by the recycling unit will be converted into oil/diesel/fuel
Capacity: 4t plastic per unit & day
Efficiency ratio:
1t PE/PP = 1000l oil/fuel
1t others = 700l oil/fuel

3. Used Oil to new Oil & Fuel for 2)

Any type of used and cooking oil can be processed into new oil/fuel Capacity: 4t plastic per unit & day

Efficiency ratio: 1t used oil = 1t new oil/fuel

4. Plastic to Oil (SynCat-Cracking)

Any type of plastic can be processed. Efficiency depends on quality of the feedstock
Capacity: 20t plastic / unit & day
Efficiency ratio:
1t plastic = 600l oil, 450m3 gas, 43kg coal

5. Plastic to Methane / LNG

Any type of plastic can be processed. Efficiency depends on quality of the feedstock
Capacity: 2t plastic / unit & day
Efficiency ratio: 1t plastic = 1600m3 methane

6: Energy Recovery from Diesel 3) and Methane 4)

Both, generated oil & methane can be processed into electric and heat power by using gas or diesel generators purchased from third party.
Capacity: according suppliers
Efficiency ratio: 40% electric / 60% heat power


100% Plastic Waste RecyclING

Over the past few years, plastics-to-fuel (PTF) and also new plastics-to-gas (PTG) technologies have emerged as a potential solution to reducing plastic marine litter and the landfilling of end-of-life plastics. PTF/PTG is an advanced waste conversion technology that is considered complementary to existing recycling efforts as it typically does not target plastic resins that are highly valued by commodity recycling markets.

Furthermore, since plastic has an energy value higher than coal, the landfilling of end-of-life plastic waste constitutes a loss of an important energy resource. Not intended as a replacement to traditional recycling practices, but given the large percentage of plastic waste that bypass recycling programs for reasons such as lack of infrastructure, capacity, and technology, PTF/PTG is becoming a viable addition to a jurisdictions mix of MSW management strategies.

By creating demand for end-of-life plastics, PTF/PTG technologies can not only help address this global challenge and mitigate the flow of plastic to the ocean, but can also create jobs and generate an alternative local fuel/gas source that can serve as a substitute to fossil fuel derived crude oil.

In many parts of the world, natural gas / liquid petroleum products derived from plastics represent a lower-sulphur content product, yielding air quality benefits as well.

Our “100%-Plastic-Recovery-Concept” sets together from five different steps:

1. Plastic Recycling
2. PTO: Plastic to Oil
3. OTF: Oil to Fuel
4. PTG: Plastic to Gas(methane)
5. PTE: Plastic to Energy (elec./ heat power)

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