Creating new resources from waste.

With over 350 million tons of plastic and tyre rubber produced every year there is a colossal amount of waste material to be disposed of. Traditional recycling methods simply cannot achieve desired levels of recovery to meet modern goals of zero landfill because of both technical and economic challenge. Today, this polymer waste could be used to create liquid hydrocarbons via the process of pyrolysis where material is heated in absence of oxygen and thermally cracked to produce a crude pyrolysis oil. This crude has huge potential if it could be utilised by existing transportation and chemical industries but unfortunately to date this has not been achieved. At OSF we started by studying the properties of pyrolysis oils and set about developing technology to address the issues that have held back pyrolysis from being a key waste management and recycling tool.

Bridging the gap between the waste industry and the petrochemical industry by improving the quality of pyrolysis oil

If you look in detail at crude pyrolysis oil you will see that it simply does not match any particular use and the presence of contaminants arising from waste sources only make matter worse. It presents significant challenges that prevent it from being processed by refineries or chemical facilities and as a result it’s only real outlet at scale is via combustion for its energy value for which there are limited markets. This is where OSF steps in with our unique ability to transform the crude pyrolysis oil into gasoline, diesel and chemical intermediates of sufficient quality to be used in mainstream applications.

Developing sustainable technology

We have targeted our development to produce solutions where energy use is minimised and processing materials are recovered as a priority. Not only does this approach help to conserve resources it also benefits operating costs to sustain operations during periods of time when oil markets are low.

Incentivising recovery of waste material through profitable operation

It is paramount to us that the technical solution is also an economic one. We have ensured that OSF technology can be used in combination with any pyrolysis reactor to deliver profitable plant returns at scales suitable for waste management. It can stand alone without government subsidy anywhere in the world and the profits gained can be used to stimulate collection of plastics as an alternative to dumping.

Enabling the circular economy

With the profitable nature of the process it enables a viable circular economy where waste material is returned into the market as a high value liquid hydrocarbons with every day uses. An installation will benefit a whole community by providing direct employment, creating fuels for mobility and stimulating waste collection to improve the environment.


Unlocking Polymer Pyrolysis oil

Oxford Sustainable Fuels has discovered a key process to complete the utilisation of waste polymer into transportation quality fuels and chemical feedstocks for recycling, providing a viable route to utilise waste previously left for incineration or landfill. We were...

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Formed in 2017, Oxford Sustainable Fuels (OSF) was spun out of Oxford University based on the inventions and patents of Dr Tiancun Xiao, Dr Zhaoxi Zhang and Professor Peter Edwards within the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Our R&D facility and head office is located at Begbroke Science Park on the outskirts of Oxford.






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