Nufuels Ltd is an Ōtaki based renewable energy start-up company which is in the process of developing a waste to energy batch pyrolysis technology which can ‘crack‘ tyres and plastics, effectively recovering liquid fuels, gases and chars (which can be used as a solid fuel). These fuels can be used for heating fuels and potentially for powering older diesel engines. Other feedstocks can be used. Waste tyres produce a 50% biofuel.
The Ministry for the Environment has part funded the development of 1.5 Tonne waste tyres to energy system based at Foxton and more recently Kāpiti Coast District Council has provided funding from the waste levy innovation fund to develop a test rig to assess the economic viability of processing plastic waste to energy on a small scale.
Nufuels Ltd is a major participant in Energise Ōtaki and has worked on a number of Energise Ōtaki projects. The system will also be used at the College as part of the teaching programme.