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Elegant, Modular Waste Conversion vs Landfill and Crude Oil Refining

“A single Catalytec CFC 700 System can produce up to 185 gallons per hour of  Catalytically-produced middle-distillate fuel oil, similar to Diesel, Kerosene, or Jet Fuel, from about 1 ton of plastic and other organic waste..”


Catalytec's CFC 700 System™ uses a normally benign and inert zeolite catalyst to provide low-temperature thermal hydrocracking of a wide range of organic waste materials, including plastics, used polypropylene and polyethylene carpeting, medical waste, agricultural waste, commercial or industrial organic waste, biomass, fats, oils grease (FOG), cellulose (plant/paper materials) etc. with an extremely high rate of efficiency and low cost. The uniform pore size in the specific zeolite catalyst provides consistent and efficient cracking to specifically C10 to C22 carbon chains, the same weight range as middle distillate fuel oils derived from crude oil. Depending on the molecular composition of the feedstock and other factors, the input to output conversion efficiency can be as high as 90%.

CFC Technology:

  • Eliminates the need to use agricultural products (corn, rice, etc.) to produce renewable sustainable liquid fuel feedstock.
  • Creates renewable liquid fuel from MSW, a wide range of plastics, cellulose and other organic residue streams.
  • Provides a safe, pollution-free, low temperature, continuous-flow process; no metal steam, coking, dioxins, furans, or other toxins are formed.
  • Significantly reduces carbon footprint.
  • Closes the loop on landfill diversion efforts of organic waste, with an elegant, profitable solution.
  • Profitable without subsidies.
  • Creates new jobs and secondary markets in waste management and clean or renewable energy industries.
  • Modular redundant system design affords maximum efficiency and flexibility to address any size or variety of waste stream(s), standardized parts inventory and system reliability, minimal capital expenditure.


CATALYTEC's first CFC batch-style concept demonstration and feedstock verification device, which was originally located in central Bavaria, then later at Alcoa Aluminum's Micromill facility near Reno, NV.

Catalytec's  CFC 700 System uses a low temperature, catalytic depolymerization  process. The proprietary zeolite catalyst provides chemical reaction and thermal hydrocracking of long-chain carbon molecules at  temperatures and pressures much lower than those of traditional crude refineries. This is a tremendous savings in  energy, costs and efficiency.Also, no furan, metal steam, halogens or dioxin are formed as a result of high temperatures or pressure. Our catalyst is an inert, non-toxic zeolite, which when heated to its trigger temperature, becomes very active, effectively “cutting” all presented organic molecules to a size or length smaller than the pore size of the catalyst. The system utilizes viscous friction, pressure and specific cavitation to circulate and heat the feedstock mixture in the combustion-less, closed-loop, fluid-dynamic circuit. The chemical reaction occurs in seconds. Precise control of the catalytic reaction is essential. Newly fractionated hydrocarbons of C-10 to C-22, rise on the heat-energy of the reaction into a distillation column and are condensed into liquid fuel with the same density and weight as kerosene, diesel and jet fuels. Again, the reaction is always maintained below 340°C. Thus no coke, metal steam or dangerous halogens and other toxins are formed, allowing a large measure of safety when located near people.

All engineering, construction, and manufacturing of Catalytec CFC 700 Systems™ will comply with U.S. technical regulations. Safety features and installed equipment are state of the art. A single Catalytec CFC 700 System™ (30’H x 30’W x 30’D) can produce up to 185 gallons of catalytic fuel per hour.





CFC Process Overview:

  • A carrier oil is introduced to the closed-loop circuit after being preheated to remove water molecules. Catalyst, buffer, and (shredded) solid materials are introduced to the fluid dynamic circuit.
  • The material is circulated and heated via viscous friction and directed cavitation in the reaction circuit.

  • System internal pressure of the circuit is maintained at 1/2 atmosphere as a leak-prevention and safety measure. Upon reaching catalytic trigger temperature, the normally inert catalyst becomes extremely active and generates its own heat which  drives the reaction in a continuous process.

  • The zeolite catalyst allows passage of up to C-22 carbon chains, which rise as distillate steam in the distillation column, where it is then condensed to a liquid and flows to a cooling tank, before dehydration and finishing processes.

  • The reaction is moderately aggressive, occurring in seconds and supporting a continuous process.

  • Any inert materials, including spent catalyst and salts, are discharged as tar-like slurry, which typically accounts for 5% of total throughput. It can be used as a paving or roofing product extender, or baked dry and used as road base or filler. 




CFC Eliminates Food vs Fuel Debate

The Catalytec CFC 700 System™ does not depend on food crops or arable land to create fuel.  Catalytec CFC  converts waste materials into high power, quality liquid fuel oil.


Closed-Loop, Continuous Production Design

Catalytec's CFC Systems™ use a closed-loop, emission-less modular design. The System is maintained at 0.5 bar (½ atmosphere). This “pressure-less” feature eliminates the potential for system leaks, enabling the location of CFC Plants near population centers without risk to public safety.

Low Energy Production Requirement

Catalytec's CFC 700 System™ can be powered by a combined heat and power unit (“CHP, or BHKW”), which provides pre-heat and electrical energy to run the plant. Approximately 10% of the produced distillate fractions smaller than C-10. The fractions are sequestered and can be used as fuel for the CHP to power the plant, reducing or eliminating operational energy costs.

Modular Design

The CFC catalytic reaction depends upon precise control of temperature, which limits the physical size of the reaction and the resulting design of the reactor. This, however, affords the opportunity for a modular, redundant design. Multiple units can be connected in any number to accommodate either volume of waste streams or variety of feedstock. Thus, instead of a massive single system, modules can be taken off line and serviced without shutting down an entire system. Parts are standardized, as are operational procedures, making the system cheaper and more profitable to operate and maintain.