Patented Thermal Conversion Process
CES Thermal Conversion Technology extracts energy from plastic through the tight electronic and physical integration of key subsystems. First, ground plastic into the CES Gasification Reactor via a specially-designed airlock conveyance mechanism. The Gasification Reactor remains airtight and heated to optimum gasification temperature by a combination of heat released from the gasification process itself supplemented by indirect heat from specially-designed electric heating elements. Processing is carefully monitored and controlled by the proprietary CES Automated Control Interface (ACI). As oxygen in the Reactor is restricted, when syngas is released it cannot combust and the operating temperature of the Gasification Module remains constant below 1300° F. The syngas from the Gasification Reactor is drawn into either a syngas driven burner chamber or combustor, where it is combined with oxygen and combusted at temperatures exceeding 2000° F, generating substantial heat and eliminating volatile contaminants. Depending on customer requirements heat from the system can be used for heating air, used to produce hot water , converted to steam or used to generate electricity. CES Thermal Conversion Technology uses no water and no waste water is produced.
Precision Oxygen Control
Through extensive testing CES has developed algorithms that allow for precision electronically-controlled airflow through the system. This generates several numerous operational and economic benefits:
Robust & Intuitive Field Operation
In designing its system, CES studied the deficiencies of other waste conversion processes which tended to be complex and faced difficulties in maintaining operational reliability and limiting particulate emissions. CES focused on simplifying the conversion process as much as possible, eliminating moving parts subject to wear and breakage, and maximizing volume reduction and extraction of thermal energy from the fuel source. The result is a unique system that integrates proven thermochemical and thermodynamic processes using proprietary algorithms for system control. CES' innovative integration of heating, airflow, emission control and software technologies and focused system engineering have resulted in mobile systems that can be set up, operated and prepared for transport by a single operator.
CES' proprietary Automated Control Interface (ACI) provides the operator with real-time access to all operating parameters, intuitive system control, and is embedded with automated control technology which minimizes the need for operator oversight. The ACI provides fast, reliable and intuitive access to all Alvin control and safety systems. The ACI also provides a detailed recording of control surface positions, temperatures and pressures which are downloadable for analysis, as well as access to alarms and system diagnostics.
The ACI is field-case mounted and linked to the Alvin unit with an umbilical cable with quick-connect fittings, allowing great flexibility in locating the ACI and securing it when it is not in use.