Global Resource Corporation (GRC) (OTC: GBRC.PK) claims that its HAWK 10 high-frequency microwave recycling process can recover oil and gases from oil shale, residual oil, drill cuttings, tar sands oil, contaminated dredge/sediments, tires and plastics with significantly greater yields and lower costs than are available utilizing existing known technologies. The patent pending process process is claimed to be "the world's first self- sufficient, environmentally friendly, fuel-generating recycler to reduce waste, cut emissions, and save energy by going green."
In a July 2 press release GRC reported that the results of first round of tests on gasifying bituminous coal indicated that methane, other hydrocarbon gases, liquids in the diesel-heating range, and hydrogen could be extracted from the coal. After processing, what was left behind were activated carbon and coke as a residue, all the products having real market value. A second round of testing has commenced to substantiate original results. If further testing confirms the results, GRC could very well be the first company to gasify coal without contributing a major greenhouse negative effect by not using oxygen in the gasification process.
According to the company:
"The microwaves gasify the materials - a process also known as "cracking the hydrocarbon chain"- and then, typically, convert them into 80 percent light combustible gases, and 20 percent oil. The gas is then recycled in a closed-loop system to fuel the next round of material breakdown, without emitting any harmful waste. There is no CO2 or CO produced in the process because there is no oxidation other than possibly a minuscule amount that may be pre-existing in the material or minerals processed."
"The process uses specific frequencies of microwave radiation to extract oils and alternative petroleum products from secondary raw materials, and is expected to dramatically reduce the cost for oil and gas recovery from a variety of unconventional hydrocarbon resources>"
In May GRC announced that Gershow Recycling, one of the world's largest recyclers, has agreed to buy the first Hawk-10 machine and will use it to process auto shredder residue (ASR). The process reduces auto recycling's costs and environmental hazards by breaking down textiles, foams, plastics, rubber, and light metal content extracted from cars, with its microwave technology. When the ASR is exposed to GRC's microwave frequencies, it is converted by 43% by-weight into gases and/or diesel fuel and heating oil, making fuel from previously unusable materials. For each ton of steel that is recovered, between 500 - 700 pounds of ASR is produced.The HAWK 10 will allow Gershow to scrap more metal from materials that were difficult to separate in the past, allowing them to reduce waste by 65%. GRC says its Hawk-10 can extract enough oil and gas from the ASR to run the Hawk-10 itself and a number of other machines used by Gershow.
"We expect Gershow Recycling to capture a full return on their investment within one year of use, thanks to HAWK 10's incredible efficiency, and its ability to lower expenses and recover profit," says Frank Pringle, CEO of Global Resource Corp.
A recent article entitled, "Giant microwave turns plastic back to oil," in New Scientists Magazine profiled GRC's technology. According to their article:
"GRC's machine is called the Hawk-10. Its smaller incarnations look just like an industrial microwave with bits of machinery attached to it. Larger versions resemble a concrete mixer."
The Department of Energy issued a report on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, identifying 25 companies that possess unconventional fuel production technologies. The report includes a profile on Global Resource and its energy production technologies.
This could well be another company that is more PR than actual content. Their frequent press releases and flowery claims certainly makes one suspect. However their sale of a, I presume very small, unit to Gershow and the inclusion in New Scientist and in DOE's report give the company some credibility. Certainly if they could live up to their claims they have a technology worth considering. We will just have to wait to see the results of the Gershow project.