Syndial, Eni’s environmental services company, begins operations at its pilot plant at the Gela refinery, Eni said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, 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 Gela pilot plant has a bio-oil production capacity of approximately 70 kg per day and is supplied with 700 kg of organic waste per day by SRR, a waste management company in Sicily's Ragusa city.
The plant uses the waste-to-fuel technology, which is a process developed by the company's own research efforts.
Eni stated that 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 water for both civil and industrial usage.
The activity at the Gela plant will enable Eni to gather the data needed to inform the design of future plants.
By Gulsen Cagatay