Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NIMechE Ilorin Explores “Pyrolysis Oil, as an Alternative Source of Fuel Energy

Ever thought of what it is like to have more alternatives to Crude Oil? A Researcher, Engr. Jimoh Ajani Olanrewaju of kwara State Polytechnics seems to have an answer as he presented his ongoing research on; “Pyrolysis Oil, An Alternative Source of Fuel Energy” during the NIMechE Ilorin Technical Session in April.

Drawing his raw material from waste tyres, Engr Jimoh demonstrated the potential in the process and how it can be a veritable source of energy in a world that is increasingly yearning for cleaner energy.
Pyrolysis oil is a liquid substance obtained in pyrolysis process and subsequent cooling. It is a complex blends of molecules usually consisting more than 200 different compounds resulting from the depolymerisation of products treated in pyrolysis.

Pyrolysis oil remain interesting source of bio-chemicals and renewable compounds that meet significant market interest.

Billionof tyres are produced globally each year with the attendant environmental challenges. Oil and Gas remain valuable source of energy across the world with many nations seeking alternative to crude oil. Hence the growing interest in pyrolysis as a technology to convert tyres to produce valuable oil, and gas products.

Tyre pyrolysis oil is chemically very complex containing aliphatic, aromatic, hetero-atom and polar fractions. The fuel characteristics of the tyre oil shows that it is similar to a gas oil or light fuel oil and has been successfully combusted in test furnaces and engines.

The end products can be used to power diesel engine), jet oil (can perform function of Kerosene), Char (used for producing black paint and some other items), gas (that can be used to power a generator).

While more research is still ongoing to extract more products from the raw materials, a pyrolysis plant has already been built at Institute of Technology, Kwara State Polytechnic.
The project is funded by TETfund.

NIMechE Ilorin Chapter meet at the NSE Secretariat Complex located at No.1 Engineering Close, off University of Ilorin Road, Tanke, Ilorin on every 2nd Thursdays of the Month at 5pm. You can reach Chapter through nimecheilorin@gmail.com or call 08034365178, 08062820490 


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