Con Edison’s Transformed Oil

New York power company Con Edison says its transfomer oil has more to it than meets the eye.

No, it is not imported from Cybertron, but instead their transformer oil is going to be re-refined by the company Hydrodec into a Superfine oil, which Hydrodec says will be the world’s first commercially recycled transformer oil. In the past, Con Ed says its used oil is typically burned as a fuel.

“By supplying our oil to be safely re-refined by Hydrodec, our environmental stewardship is maximized, conserving a valuable petroleum resource and providing a sustainable, high quality transformer oil to the electric industry,” says David P. Roche, a senior scientist in Con Ed’s environmental health and safety group

Hydrodec says not only will recycling used transformer oi significantly reduces the emission of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), PCB-like chemicals and Dioxin into the atmosphere, but each ton of transformer oil refined through the Hydrodec system represents a direct reduction in CO2 emissions.

Starting January 1, 2009 and for a period of 3 years, Hydrodec is to receive a minimum of 450,000 gallons per annum (approximately 1.7 million litres) of used transformer oil from Con Ed, which will be re-refined and converted into SUPERfine at Hydrodec’s Canton, Ohio plant.

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