Microwave fuel helps clean up the junkyard

The world maybe going through some adjustments but thankfully human creativity and innovation continues…

This story related from the Popular Science site

I’m not sure if I’m watching a magic trick, or an invention that will make the cigar-chomping 64-year-old next to me the richest man on the planet. Everything that goes into Frank Pringle’s recycling machine—a piece of tire, a rock, a plastic cup—turns to oil and natural gas seconds later. “I’ve been told the oil companies might try to assassinate me,” Pringle says without sarcasm.

The machine is a microwave emitter that extracts the petroleum and gas hidden inside everyday objects—or at least anything made with hydrocarbons, which, it turns out, is most of what’s around you. Every hour, the first commercial version will turn 10 tons of auto waste—tires, plastic, vinyl—into enough natural gas to produce 17 million BTUs of energy (it will use 956,000 of those BTUs to keep itself running).

Pringle created the machine about 10 years ago after he drove by a massive tire fire and thought about the energy being released. He went home and threw bits of a tire in a microwave emitter he’d been working with for another project. It turned to what looked like ash, but a few hours later, he returned and found a black puddle on the floor of the unheated workshop. Somehow, he’d struck oil.

Or rather, he had extracted it. Petroleum is composed of strings of hydrocarbon molecules. When microwaves hit the tire, they crack the molecular chains and break it into its component parts: carbon black (an ash-like raw material) and hydrocarbon gases, which can be burned or condensed into liquid fuel. Pringle figured that some gases from his microwaved tire had lingered, and the cold air in the shop had condensed them into diesel. If the process worked on tires, he thought, it should work on anything with hydrocarbons. The trick was in finding the optimum microwave frequency for each material—out of 10 million possibilities.

Pringle has spent 10 years and $1 million homing in on frequencies for hundreds of materials. In 2004 he teamed up with engineer pal Hawk Hogan to take the machine commercial.

Their first order is under construction in Rockford, Illinois. It’s a $5.1-million microwave machine the size of small bus called the Hawk, bound for an auto-recycler in Long Island, New York. More deals loom: The U.S. military may use Hawks in Iraq on waste such as water bottles and food containers. Oil companies are looking to the machines to gasify petroleum trapped in shale.

Back at the shop, Pringle is still zapping new materials. A sample labeled “bituminous coal” goes in and, 15 seconds later, Pringle ignites the resulting gas. “You see,” he says, “why they might want to kill me.” —RENA MARIE PACELLA

Further Information:

Global Resource Corporation

Executive Summary from website:

Executive Summary

Global conventional oil production is projected to peak and decline while global demand is projected to continue to rise, reaching a point where demand will likely exceed supply in the first half of this century. Rising imports of crude oil and refined products, and higher prices driven by rising demand, are already costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars per year. If not addressed soon, deteriorating global market conditions will result in even higher oil prices and reduced availability of light oil.

Global Resource Corporation has acquired technologies that apply microwave (RF) energy in an innovative, patent pending process which will potentially revolutionize the oil and gas industries and substantially increase worldwide production. GRC has identified and targeted seven (7) multi-million dollar oil and gas applications, one (1) cancerous tumor medical application, conducted hundreds of laboratory scale demonstrations and signed major oil companies & other industry related segments to secrecy agreements in evaluation of their products. Each of these potential partnerships will lead to contracts worth multi-million to billion dollars to Global Resource Corporation (GBRC:BB) in a relatively short time frame.

Microwaves interact with dielectric materials to generate heat by the agitation of molecules in an alternating electromagnetic field. In addition, focused microwave has a potential to obtain a more uniform distribution of heat compared with conventional thermal conductance from a heat source outside the material. Uniform heat distribution results in easier temperature control which in turn allow better control of the process, significant energy savings, and the desired end products.

GRC technologies (US patents applied #60/750098) are acquired from the Founder and CEO, Mr. Frank Pringle, who assigned them to GBRC. Global Resource Corporation (GBRC) is a bulletin board listed company that will develop partnerships with major oil companies and others to pursue each key market application. GRC’s microwave technologies have a wide range of industrial and mining applications that are mainly focused on the pyrolysis of organic materials, unconventional recovery of crude oil, fractionalization of the resulting gasses and cleanup of other environmentally harmful products.

GRC’s objectives are to build up competence in the field, develop new and improved existing products and processes, and establish collaboration network with suppliers, industry, and other research institutes. For instance, CRC microwave-based core technology can play a positive role in several environmental niches by economically recycling industrial chemicals, conserving usage or natural resources, improved diathermy medical equipment (for cancer treatment), and cleaning-up solid wastes.

The following market segments as illustrated in the pie chart below are Tires & TDF, Oil Shale, Coal, Stripper Wells, Heavy & Slurry Oil, Drill Cuttings, Dredge are covered in this business plan respectively. There is also an additional application for diathermy medical equipment described at the end of these chapters.