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."