Carbon black from nuked tires

While working on finalizing my Genomatica interview, here is an interesting story from last week about producing high-grade carbon black from waste tires using a “microwave technology”

According to NJ-based Global Resource, the current global market for high-grade carbon black ranges up to $2,000 per ton. I didn’t realize carbon black is so expensive! Around 90% of application is used in rubber the rest in specialty products

The company said up to 300-400 pounds of high value carbon black product/s could be produced from each ton of waste tires when their is commercially scaled. Current global carbon black production is said to be about 18 billion pounds/year (8.1 million metric tons).

The company’s microwave technology has also successfully transformed large amounts of scrap tires into diesel fuel, methane, pentane, butane, propane as well as combustible gases, and carbon ash.

Another company worth investigating, I believe.

[Photo from American Public Works Association]

6 Responses to Carbon black from nuked tires

  1. Sajjad Hussain Basit 7 June, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    How can be more purified carbon black, from recycling process of tires, for its again use for tire manufacturing. How irrelevant particles can be reduced with which process so that the carbon reterived by tire recycling should be 100% competible and in pure form for again use of tire manufacturing. Thanks & Warm Regards – Sajjad

  2. ASIF SHAIKH (INDIA) 25 August, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    mr sajjad we in india are manufacturing this plant n tecnology which converts waste tires into furnace oil .pls do mail me you email address so i can send you the whole process details.(

  3. marcs 10 December, 2010 at 4:57 pm #


    Why play with and waste your money on pilot scale, unproven technologies? If the plants you are considering have not been replicated at least 10 times it’s not commercial – period. Furthermore without proof of high quality end products that can be verified with sales invoices to an end user you wasting your time – pyrolysis is not rocket science! However making quality end products does require specific industry knowledge and end market relationships. Processing tires into carbon is uneconomic below 50 tonnes per day without a subsidy and if you need a subsidy you’re not a standalone business – you might as well be playing with wind and solar technology for the time being. Never mind if you are processing chipped tires you are also going about it backwards – why would you pre-processing a high grade product first – pointless and extremely inefficient and costly. For real large scale, commercially proven applications see –

  4. Ninad 18 December, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Mr. Marcs, we are going to make such Pyrolisis plant, that which will produce carbon and oil from waste tyre. so tell us views regarding this technology.

  5. marcs 23 December, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Please contact the company and they will gladly educate you on every technology available in the market place, their applications, the costs, revenue drivers, commercial reality and how to go about building a business in this sector using these types of technologies and solutions.


  6. raj bafana 28 March, 2011 at 10:01 am #


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