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Executive Summary

Waste management is a worldwide critical and growing problem. The Thermo Mechanical Cracking Process (TMCP) is a new, clean, more efficient and flexible technology than any other, that converts waste into a high quality synthetic biofuel equivalent to diesel fossil fuel used in internal combustion engines. It contributes significantly to landfilling reduction and encourages energy independence. The disruptive innovation is the cost effectiveness of a TMCP plant, together with the potential of becoming a diesel fuel provider and a key agent of environmental clean up. A TMCP plant, besides eliminating a very high percentage of waste in a given area, operates as a small local bio refinery. TMCP presents numerous advantages over actual waste treatment and disposal systems. It raises triple goal as zero landfill waste, maximum energy efficiency and development of efficient and cost effective processes. We look for a green and circular economy, alternative energy and environmental protection.

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The Problem

Urban residues are municipal wastes linked to consumerism and generated by economic activities that constitute a global waste management problem. The total urban residue collected worldwide is estimated to exceed 1.5 billion metric tons annually. About 65% of it goes to landfills or is thrown directly into the environment. Over the recent years Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and other kind of residues have been fast evolving from the conventional management methods of landfilling, open air burning, dumping in oceans, to more sophisticated methods. In recent years the enormous environmental and economical downsides of landfilling have reached the top of waste policy agenda and alternatives are being sought to minimize landfilling, where policies tend towards to zero landfill and circular economy development (mainly in developed countries). Alternatives as incinerators which generate energy have proven to damage human health as carcinogenic dioxins are not eliminated even when sophisticated and very expensive filters are deployed. Meanwhile recycling processes, when deployed, are not keeping up with the high volume of waste. Recently, alternatives fuels such as bio diesel, bio ethanol and bio methanol production were expanded as as substitute for the growing energy demand. Their inherent problem is the raw materials for production of these alternative fuels: food grains and forest trees crops. It competes directly with human and livestock consumption of these same food crops. The challenge remains to develop techniques that may be economical, easy replicable, avoid environmental pollution and risk to human health, reducing carbon emissions and promoting circular economy in recovering value from waste.

Proposed Solution

TMCP is a patented new technology that is capable of converting several types of waste used as feedstock, into high quality biodiesel (third generation) to clean the environment, to substitute fossil fuels and fulfilling the environmental and social goals of a Circular Economy. Given the global nature of the problem and the transferability of the solution, it can solve a big environmental problem and be a local energy supplier, mainly in non developed countries. It also presents a suitable process to reduce GHG emissions generated by anaerobic methane generation at landfills and avoid the waste transport over large distances. The beneficiaries are mainly the environment, municipalities and other waste generating entities, users of fuel and by products produced, and society in general. Direct benefits are approximate zero dumping in landfills, empty and clean up landfills, bio fuel directly useful for transport and do it all at a cost efficient operation through a guaranteed industrial plant maintenance for 20 years. The TMCP's disruptive technology presents numerous advantages over other waste treatment and disposal systems. Removes a broad range of waste without the need to separate the input materials (except glass and metals). Its investment cost is lower than most of its competitors. The sub end products are not contaminated. It is energy self sufficient. The TMCP system is closed and pressurized and it requires minimal environmental controls. Produces a high quality synthetic diesel fuel (third generation biofuel). Reduces the pollutant emissions of the fuel since it does not contain benzene or cycle thin (as automotive diesel).

Evidence of Effectiveness

The TMCP technology currently is in TRL 6, as it has passed the lab phase with positive results: a prototype has been developed and has been tested in a relevant environment in the facilities of the University of Seville, where some tests were performed with different raw materials. It has also passed the test batch production to demonstrate the product features of the diesel produced. It has been verified that using waste is feasible to obtain bio fuel diesel similar at a fuel for automotive commercial uses, but cleaner, as shown by an independent chemical analysis certified by the University of Rio do Janeiro (Prof. Donato AG Aranda) and by the Public Department of Industry of Castilla La Mancha (Spain). MIRACOIL is contacting investors and partners to build a demonstration plant in order to reach TRL 7 which will serve as a industrial test market in real conditions, in Cervera del Maestre (Spain). MIRACOIL has recently been granted with a Project Climate award through the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, that it is focused on the CO2 emission reduction rights. A team of engineers/ designers (six multidisciplinary research teams) will investigate innovations through measuring and comparing; understand what works and what does not; promote value based approach; redesign processes and change the current culture of waste treatment, and integration of disabled in the processes of production facilities and training of people with low social integration, encouraging the creation of new jobs and start ups.

Previous Performance

The engineer technologist began his research on Molecular Breakdown in 1988. In 2002 there were carried out trials at laboratory level by using innovative techniques, achieving by first time the breakdown of molecules. In 2007 the TMCP patent was registered. The team members at MIRACOIL have experience in launching disruptive projects (CEO); in industrialization of new processes and products (COO); in refineries such as BP OIL (CPD); and financial management of large projects as TELEFONICA SPAIN in Latin America (CFO). We propose the creation of a new business model humanly sustainable (not only financially and environmentally sustainable). This effort requires the full commitment of people in project management, adequate financing, sufficient autonomy and establishment of local strategic partnerships (private partners, public partners, public entities) along with the development of a different logic in the distribution of resources and results. We can do it. As MIRACOIL, in 2012 13 we analyze the technology to verify the experience of a TMCP pilot plant installed at the University of Seville (Spain). Done that, we take care to know if this technology has commercial interest (2014 15). We confirm that the PCTM HOST green tech proposal covers a widely felt need in many countries. But it is necessary to experimentally test it on an industrial level (2016 17). MIRACOIL is contacting investors to build a demonstration industrial plant in order to reach TRL 7, in Cervera del Maestre (Spain). MIRACOIL has recently been granted with a Project Climate award through the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.

The Team

Team Purpose

The promoters of the MIRACOIL project have spent five years working with the TMCP technologist (patent owner) in the development of a specific business model ("TMCP HOST"), believing that, today, the world faces a critical moment (the transition to "economies of man") which has profound implications for the methods and management models of organizations, especially in emerging and developing countries. One of the most important tasks is to research on more efficient mechanisms for environmental recovery and avoid its continuous degradation. Our team put the focus on how to reintroduce waste in the economic cycle (Circular Economy), treating it locally - next to where it is generated and extending its life cycle by producing (TMCP) a synthetic fuel for transportation which can be destined to local markets, providing local energy sovereignty and supplier security, avoiding the carbon intensive lifecycle of conventional fossil fuels. Our philosophy is "process innovation and continuous improvement".

Team Structure

Our core team has5 people and subcontracts all other non core activities. Jose R. Pamies as CEO. Eng. Miguel Angel Moline as COO. Salvador Montalvá as CFO. Juan P. Carreño as CPD (Chief People Development ) and Joaquin Echenique as CCO, with the collaboration of Dr. Eng. Pedro Server, the technologist. MIRACOIL has an Advisory Board and isdeveloping a research and learningunit (MRTTP)to identifyall the variables surrounding the application of TMCP technology, analyze outside innovations and document learning modules to develop knowledge. Tillto date, all the work done by MIRACOIL has been led by one or several core managers and outsourced to external professionals. That is our usual way of working. It has enabled us to identify different people and consultants that may interest us in the future.Over 2012 2013 our work were to analyze the technology, and to verify the operational experience of a TMCP pilot plant installed at the University of Seville (Spain). Done that, we take care to know if this technology has commercial interest (2014 15). We confirm that the PCTM HOST green tech proposal covers a widely felt need in many countries; especially in those developing countries heavily dependent on imported oil.