RockTron Seals Energy Deal in Malaysia
Fly-ash recycling technology innovator, RockTron International has announced that it has signed an MOU with Malaysia energy provider TNB, following the launch of RockTron Asia in Kuala Lumpur this October. The company is also in discussions with major companies from across Asia regarding the company’s new licensing proposition. Tyre industry interest in RockTron stems from its technology’s ability to manufacture “eco-minerals” from stockpiled coal-fired power station waste (otherwise known as fly ash), which can be used to manufacture tyre rubber filler, or indeed as fillers and extenders in any polymer, rubber and coatings manufacturing and as cementitious substitutes, dramatically cutting costs and CO2 emissions.
Over 2,000 million tonnes of fly ash are dumped in landfill sites around the world, representing a significant ecological problem; over 2 million tonnes are produced annually in Malaysia. In addition, RockTron estimates that 2.5 million tonnes are already stored in ash ponds and this amount is predicted to grow rapidly as energy demand expands to support this fast growing economy. A typical RockTron plant can process 200-800,000 tonnes of fly ash per annum; its first, full-scale plant is under license in the UK.