Hot off our coverage of the latest in advanced optical sorting technologies now being incorporated into recycling facilities, we bring you news of a new eco-friendly auto scrap recycling machine that turns car waste into fuel.
The HAWK 10, invented by the Global Resource Corporation and recently put to use by Gershow Recycling, is 100% emission- and pollutant-free and can reduce landfill waste by close to 65%. In addition, it recycles excess metal that businesses can then reuse and uses a system of high microwave frequencies to convert "autofluff" (i.e. textiles, foams, plastics, etc) into oil and gas.
While most companies tend to dispose of the residue (dubbed automobile shredder residue, or ASR) produced from the recovered steel by dumping it into a landfill, polluting the surroundings and wasting valuable components in the process, the HAWK 10 gasifies the different materials and turns them into 80% light combustible gases and 20% oil. The machine fuels its next round by cycling the gas through a closed-loop system to use it, thus avoiding the production of emissions."Imagine running a major industrial process like recycling with negligible fuel costs and zero emissions. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it's real, it's proven, and it's available right now to companies like Gershow who grasp the importance of fighting global warming," said Kevin Gershowitz, Executive Vice President of Gershow Recycling
Company officials expect the machine will pay for itself within a year of being put to use by taking advantage of renewable energy tax credits.
UPDATE: As several of the commenters rightly noted, this technology certainly sounds too good to be true so we advise readers to take it with a large grain of salt (particularly since, as Keith R notes, HAWK 10's inventors, Global Resource Corporation, seem to be a shell corporation).