Pearl Global Limited (Pearl) is an Australian company applying unique, next-generation technology to cleanly convert waste into valuable products.
Pearl’s technology represents a significant advancement on other tyre recycling processes and is currently focused on processing end of life rubber including waste tyres. It offers portability and operating efficiency, while operating in a low emission environment with no hazardous by-products.
Pearl believes it is the only conversion process whose emissions are well under the world’s strictest environmental standards, and it is the only process approved under the respective state regulations within Australia. The technology is licensed to Pearl Global on an exclusive, worldwide basis.
It is estimated that the world community currently disposes of more than 1 billion tyres every year. Tyres are not naturally degradable and governments are increasingly seeking solutions for dealing with the waste.
Pearl’s technology uses a unique extreme heating process called Thermal Desorption to cleanly separate waste into its component parts. In the case of end of life rubber, Pearl’s Thermal Desorption Units (TDUs) convert shredded tyres into oil, char and non-condensable gas, and liberates the steel from the rubber. These products can be sold commercially or further treated to create higher value added products. The process can potentially generate power for a range of other uses.
Pearl’s technology operates from compact, portable units within a 40-foot iso-frame, the size of a shipping container, which can be transported to and operated at the source. This makes it cheaper and more efficient than other methods currently on offer. The portability and modular design of the TDUs means they can also be easily scaled.
Pearl has successfully operated two TDUs and is now establishing its first full scale operating plant in Queensland.
The company is targeting growth in Australia initially through the establishment of multiple sites close to the supplies of tyres, as well as exploring opportunities in international markets with favourable regulatory environments.
The technology has the potential to be extended to process other waste products including treated timber, contaminated soils and plastic bottles. These products are all available in vast and growing quantities in Australia and offshore.
With environmental concerns rising and governments seeking or mandating solutions for waste, Pearl is uniquely placed to offer a solution that is both environmentally sound and commercially viable.