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Syndial begins transforming organic waste into bio-oil

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Syndial, Eni’s environmental services company has begun operating at its pilot plant at the Gela, Italy refinery.

The plant transforms organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) by recycling it into bio-oil, which can then be used to produce fuels.

The plant represents the first milestone in a process driven by Eni’s research and launched with the development of the proprietary waste-to-fuel technology created by Eni's Renewable Energy and Environmental R&D Center in Novara.

Through waste-to-fuel technology, the process of converting biomass into energy can be completed in just a few hours with a low environmental impact. Additionally, the technology generates a byproduct that is a precious and increasingly scarce resource: water, for both civil and industrial usage. Wet waste is exploited not only by producing bio-oil and biomethane, but also by recycling and treating its water content, which is around 70%, in a system which will provide great benefits for society.

The activity at the Gela plant will enable Eni to gather the data needed to inform the design of future plants. The Gela pilot plant has a bio-oil production capacity of approximately 70 kg/d and is supplied with 700 kg/d of organic waste by SRR, a waste management company in Ragusa.

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