Global Resource – Squeezing oil and gas from old tires and other stuff

Popular Science’s Green Tech recently gave Frank Pringle and his company, Global Resource, it’s “Best of What’s New” award for 2007. Mr. Pringle has developed a recycling machine, called the HAWK 10, that uses microwaves to break down and extract oil and gas from waste such as old automobile tires. This isn’t the only award the company has recently won – Time magazine named Global Resource’s HAWK 10 as one of its top “Inventions of the Year”.

The HAWK 10 uses microwaves to break down just about anything that’s shoved into it that contains hydrocarbons. The first commercial version, which is currently being built, will turn 10 tons of auto waste (tires, plastic, and vinyl) per hour at a Long Island, NY tire recycler into enough natural gas to produce 17 million BTUs of energy, while using less than 1 million BTUs to do it.

Mr. Pringle has spent about 10 years and $1 million to develop his machine. Global┬áResource recently announced that it plans to install two HAWK 10 recyclers at tire recycler ECO Energy’s Mobile, Arizona plant to convert 300 tons of used tires a day into gas and oil. Also, the US military is interested in using Global Recource’s technology in Iraq on waste such as water bottles and food containers, and oil companies are interested in using the machines to help extract oil that’s trapped in shale. Here’s the link to the company if you’re interested in reading more about them.
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16 thoughts on “Global Resource – Squeezing oil and gas from old tires and other stuff

  1. VERY INTERESTED IN INVESTING $10m IN A MACHINE THAT CONVERTS TIRES TO OIL

  2. I live in Brazil and would like to know more about the HAWK 10 How much one machine HAWK 10 to 3 ton/day?

  3. I live in India and would like to know more
    about HAWK10. How much one machine cost and how much area it required?

  4. Dear people of GCD,

    I am seriously thinking to by your industrial-sized plastic-to-oil converting machine. My aim is to start a platic recycling company in India. It would fit in a broader recycling project, using trash-made houses (e.g. earthships), creativity-based education, awareness programs and art.

    Could you give me more information about

    - the legal requirements for shipment,
    - the policy of governments (especially India) towards the production of usable petrol,
    - the electric power needs, what is the minimal plastic input needed to be profitable (electricity costs, petrol output)?
    - the capacity of the different machines (how many kg plastic/hour),
    - the health effects of the produced gasses and by-products.

    To work out my dream, I need to know more about your experiences on the field, especially in the third world. Is it a realistic idea to give people oil for free in exchange for sorted plastic trash?
    Does the machine require an intensive technical or expesive maintenaince? Do such or analogue projects already exist and can they be visited?
    Does GCD have representatives in Europe? Is the product being presented in Europe? If possible, I would like to attend gatherings or meet company representatives.

    I would be very pleased to receive an answer from you.
    In the meanwhile I remain,

    Yours sincerely,

    Edward Camerlynck
    Faculty of Industrial Ingeneering
    Ghent University
    Belgium

  5. I live in Poland and I would like to know more
    about HAWK10. How much one machine cost and how much area it required?
    Please send me more information about HAWK 10.
    Best regards
    Robert Kubrak

  6. Gentlemen,
    Kindly give me responses to the same requirements in item 5 from Mr. Edward, and item 6 from Mr. Robert.
    The file should be quite detailed in order for readers to assess comfortably the HAWK 10 machine: dimensions, material of all components, power requirement, frequency of maintenance,input (size, material, capacity); output, anf of course the cost (FOB or CIF.
    thank you and God bless

  7. NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE KAWK10, SPICIFICATIONS, PRICE AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU CAN SEND ME.
    TANK YOU AND I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

  8. Please,I live in Ghana. i would like to know the ff about HAWK 10:
    1. Space required
    2. Cost
    3. Other facilities that may be reqiured to set up the whole unit

  9. sir , i want to purchage your m\c of capacity 10 ton per day in india pl. send me details like cost,woking,its final products,electricity reqd., etc.

  10. I am from vietnam, our company is interested in your machine in order to build a plant in our country
    Could you please provide me some info about
    - the legal requirements for shipment,
    - the policy of governments (especially India) towards the production of usable petrol,
    - the electric power needs, what is the minimal plastic input needed to be profitable (electricity costs, petrol output)?
    - the capacity of the different machines (how many kg plastic/hour),
    - the health effects of the produced gasses and by-products.
    Waiting for your kind reply
    Brgs
    Tran

  11. I am from vietnam, our company is interested in your machine in order to build a plant in our country
    Could you please provide me some info about
    - the legal requirements for shipment,
    - the policy of governments (especially India) towards the production of usable petrol,
    - the electric power needs, what is the minimal plastic or tires input needed to be profitable (electricity costs, petrol output)?
    - the capacity of the different machines (how many kg plastic/hour),
    - the health effects of the produced gasses and by-products.
    Waiting for your kind reply
    Brgs
    Tran

  12. I believe that Global Resource has gone out of business

  13. I live in Ghana and i would like to partner people to put up this enviromental friendly factory in Ghana. I have got a land near Takoradi

  14. Is the oil clean enough to eat?

  15. hi , I am from Myanmar. I am also interested in this industrial-sized plastic/tire-to-oil converting machine…can u tell me about…
    -its cost
    - the electric power needs, what is the minimal plastic input needed to be profitable (electricity costs, petrol output)?
    - the capacity of the different machines
    - the health effects of the produced gasses
    -other equipment that may require to set up this whole machine
    -more information about HAWK 10.
    Thanking you,
    Pwint Pwint

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