The technology relies on catalysts to allow the low temperature (260 -360 C) depolymerization and building of carbon chains into the lengths which can be refined to oils meeting European standards for the use in the average automobile. Particularly interesting is the claims of those involved in the catalytic conversion technologies that the problem of chlorides (the "baddies" in the always troublesome PVC) are avoided: the chlorine comes out in the liquid/solid waste stream as salt rather than going up the stack as pcbs like in municipal burners.
Plagued by the usual red-tape problems which entrepreneurs must fight, expecially if they are collecting, storing and processing wastes, Dr. Christian Koch claims to now have permits for the pilot process in Bavaria. They have sold the first 500L/hour unit to a private investor in Monterrey Mexico and claim more contracts are proceeding. Some reports indicate the pumping technology is glitchy and the Monterrey unit is processing only waste oils, a much easier feedstock than the household garbage or water treatment sludge which Alphakat claims to process with 80% efficiency (meaning 80% of carbons converted to oil in this case). Part of the normal learning curve or a business man pushing too hard to keep his dream alive? Whichever the case, this is a budding innovation, which in the face of skyward shooting fuel prices is going to keep picking up steam. Treehugger reported on the efforts of Changing World Technologies in this field earlier. Alphakat is another name to watch.