Giving harmful plastic waste a new life

Quantafuel’s Plastic to Liquid (PtL) production facilities use non-recyclable mixed plastic waste as a raw material. They convert the waste into Recycled Carbon Fuels (RCFs) and high-quality chemicals.

In many countries, systems for handling plastic waste are underdeveloped or non-existent. This has led to consumption of disposable consumer goods becoming one of the world’s most pressing concerns.

At the same time, the world is seeing an increasing demand for renewable fuel sources. This is partly a response to more stringent clean energy regulations, such as the EU’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).

Together, the problems of plastic waste handling and renewable energy generation are monumental challenges for the coming decades.

Recycled Carbon Fuels

Quantafuel is designing and operating production facilities that turn plastic waste into useful resources. This will, on the one hand, create new value chains for plastic waste and, on the other hand, meet the growing demand for renewable fuels.

Quantafuel will use plastic waste to produce recycled carbon fuels, fuel types which meets the sustainability criteria for fuels in the RED II.

Up to 20 per cent of Quantafuel’s production at the first plant will be naphtha, an important feedstock for the manufacture of new plastic. In later plants, the goal is to increase the production rate of naphtha to 50 per cent. In this way, Quantafuel is aiming to become a significant contributor to the circular economy of plastics.

Concrete benefits

An independent life cycle assessment of Quantafuel’s production process. Based on the RSB Standard for Advanced Fuels, Quantafuel’s diesel has an estimated well-to-wheel reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 90 per cent compared to conventional fossil fuel production.

If 50 per cent of plastic currently not recycled in the EU were used in Quantafuel’s process, it would save an estimated 46 million metric tons of CO₂.

Market potential

There is already a well-established market for recycled carbon fuels and other advanced biofuels, as well as for naphtha feedstock. Norway alone has a market for advanced biofuels of over USD 100 million. Naphtha, meanwhile, has a global market value of approximately USD 13.7 billion at today’s price levels.

Quantafuel’s technology is based on research and development since 2007. The company delivered its industrial-scale proof of concept in 2013 and is currently constructing its first commercial plant in Skive Denmark.

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Quantafuel AS

Lilleakerveien 2C, NO-0283 Oslo, Norway


At a glance

  • Production process which turns mixed plastic waste into recycled carbon fuel

  • Also produces naphtha, an important ingredient for new and recycled plastic production

  • 90% lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fossil fuel production


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