Corsair Group, established in both Thailand and in the Netherlands, was founded to develop and deliver viable business solutions to help rectify the mounting global impact caused by plastic waste, air pollution, water pollution, and climate change. To achieve this goal the company is using innovative Pyrolysis technologies to transform plastic waste into Advanced Bio-oil.
The plastic products that we all use in our daily lives are made from oil. What Corsair is doing, is converting the plastic waste from its current form back into liquid.
Converting the plastic waste starts by loading it into the pyrolysis machine, which accepts all kinds of discarded plastic products such as plastic bags, wrapping materials, and packaging products, most of which would typically end up in landfills and to the natural environments on land and in the sea. Heat is then applied to the waste in order to create smoke and gases from the plastic. During this process there is no burning involved, no flames ever touch the plastic, and no toxic fumes are released into the atmosphere. Instead, the flammable gases are collected and used for creating heat to initiate the transformation of the waste. The smoke runs through a distillation system where it is converted into liquid. This combined process is how the oil is created.
The low-sulphur oil produced is called Advanced Bio-Oil/ Advanced Biofuel and has similar characteristics to crude oil, and can be used as a raw material for the manufacturing of more environmentally friendly fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.
Most importantly, Advanced Bio-oil can also be used to create new plastic products. This is Corsair’s main goal, to reduce the amount of plastic being produced that just ends up in landfills. Corsair wants to create a lifecycle for plastic products, where they return as useful products instead of polluting the environment.
Moreover, some of the oil that is produced also goes back into the pyrolysis machine to power itself, thus eliminating the need for any outside fuels. In the future, Corsair will also generate its own electricity from the heat of the machines, creating a self-sufficient eco-power system within its factory.
Plastic waste is a constantly growing problem, with each person typically generating approximately 50 kilograms per year. Thailand generates over 2 billion kilograms of plastic waste annually, from which less than 10% is currently being recycled.
Corsair is partnering with corporate and government entities in the country to help them join the mission to make Thailand, and the entire planet, a cleaner and healthier place for everyone to enjoy a better future.
Plastic waste permeates every aspect of our lives, it can be found in water, air, and food, it is getting to the point where it is almost impossible not to have plastic waste pollution becoming a part of everyone’s lives and this contributes to a number of health problems for people and the devastation of natural environments for animals and sea creatures.
Mr. Jussi Veikko Saloranta, Chairman of the Board & Group CEO Corsair Group International, said, “To ensure we have a better future we need to use forward-thinking innovative technologies and that’s exactly what Corsair is doing. The pyrolysis technologies we utilise in our waste conversion process is industry-leading. These technologies allow us to transform a variety of types of plastics that are disposed of by people on a daily basis, all of which typically ends up in landfills and contributes to disastrous damage to our oceans. This discarded plastic seeps into our food system, and pollutes the air we all breathe.
Our goal is to turn these discarded products back into usable products in the most eco-friendly way currently available. To achieve our goal, we partner with corporate and government entities who want to play their part in reducing the damage being done to the planet by working with us to reduce their plastic waste footprint. We only have one planet, and if we all pull together and work as a team we can build a better and healthier future for all.”
Corsair’s 6,400 square meter Waste Plastic to Oil / Chemical Recycling facility in Bangkok, which uses innovative pyrolysis technologies to convert environmentally damaging waste plastics into low sulphur oil, currently has a production capacity of almost 200,000 litres per month. The facility is being extended by another 10,000 square meters to increase the output to over 1,000,000 litres per month during 2022.
Plastic waste pollution has escalated due to COVID-19 with the global demand for face masks, personal protective wear, the increased use of plastic packaging and single-use plastic products. In a recent update, the Thai Environment Institute reports that the COVID-19 situation has contributed to an increase of 60% more plastic waste in Bangkok. Annual production of plastic is continuing to increase with global production reported to be more than 370 million metric tons per annum. If this trend continues, it is estimated that over 12 billion tons of plastic waste will be in landfills and the natural environment by 2050.
“Now is the time for us all to stand up and take notice of the problems created by plastic waste pollution. We can make a difference thanks to the technologies that are now available. As such, we’re always looking for companies, financial partners, organizations, and government entities who want to partner with us. We’re already working with many renowned Thai companies such as Minor Group, Centara Group, Chatrium Hotels and Resorts, Shrewsbury International School, Loxley Public Company Limited, and Kasetsart University, Asset Wise Public Company Limited, and Dairy Home.
This is the time to create a better tomorrow for us all,” Mr. Jussi Veikko Saloranta concluded.