Posted by: opala808 | September 11, 2013

H-POWER Successfully Processes Tires in Test Project

tires_hpowerIn an effort to assess H-POWER’s ability to effectively convert used tires into energy, the City and County of Honolulu and H-POWER operator Covanta recently processed several thousand tires through H-POWER’s new “mass burn” unit with promising results.

The use of tires as fuel, or Tire Derived Fuel (TDF), is the predominant method for recycling waste tires in the U.S. In 2003, approximately 130 million scrap tires (about 45% of all scrap tires generated) were used as fuel in the waste-to-energy process (source: EPA). Tires make great fuel in the waste-to-energy process in part because of their high heating value. The City’s goal in sending tires to H-POWER is to keep this energy resource local.

The City received a conditional variance to Hawaii Revised Statute §342I-22(e) that will allow it to continue test burning used tires that the City receives at its transfer stations and convenience centers through March 2014.<!– –>

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