Brightmark Energy selects Vecoplan to supply plastics-to-fuel plant

Brightmark Energy selects Vecoplan to supply plastics-to-fuel plant

Company to design and build material prep system for Brightmark's first plastics-to-fuel plant.


North Carolina-based recycling equipment manufacturer Vecoplan LLC has been awarded a contract to design and build the front-end material processing and preparation system for Brightmark Energy’s new plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley, Indiana. Vecoplan’s prep system will incorporate a variety of technologies engineered to deliver feedstock that meets specifications vital to the plant’s successful production of transportation fuel, according to a news release from the supplier.

Slated for completion in mid-2020, Brightmark’s Ashley facility will produce more than 18 million gallons of ultra-low-sulfur diesel and naphtha blend products and 6 million gallons of commercial-grade wax each year. Feedstock for Brightmark’s plant will include more than 100,000 tons of mixed plastic scrap per year. The "landfill-diversion material will consist of single-use and other postconsumer plastics, residuals from material recovery facilities and postcommercial and postindustrial plastic waste streams," the news release states.

“Prior to undergoing the conversion process, Vecoplan integrated mechanical systems technologies will formulate commingled waste to meet the plant’s strict feedstock requirements," Vecoplan Managing Director Bob Gilmore states. "This includes many steps proven from our past experience in the waste conversion industry.” 

Highlights of the system include a Vecoplan VAZ 2000 MFTV preshredder to achieve a homogenous aggregate size, induction and optical sorting for removal of unacceptable contaminates and a Vecoplan VEZ 2500T reshredder for final sizing of the feedstock.  Additional system components include material drying, pelletizing and handling.

Matt Davidson, Vecoplan waste systems sales engineer, adds, “The system will incorporate Vecoplan’s design for receiving, sizing, cleaning and delivery in a controlled and metered fashion.” 

“We entrusted Vecoplan with our first-of-its-kind facility after an extensive review of the material processing technologies available on the market," says Jay Schabel, president, Brightmark Energy’s plastics division. "The Vecoplan proven turnkey solution is the best fit for our operational requirements. The level of experience and support offered by Vecoplan’s technical sales group has been world class and we look forward to a successful installation at our Ashley facility.”

A groundbreaking is scheduled for the Ashley plant later this month.