Phoebus: Recycling of car organic waste


In the world quest for new energy solutions, turning ‘end-of-life’ organic waste (plastics, rubber, foams, and so on) into manmade fuels is booming and demonstration industrial production units are being developed.  However, the resulting fuel quality is not always good enough for applications other than adding the fuel in small amounts to the crude oil used in petrochemical refineries. Such dilution results in little added value. Leveraging on the results of the Phoenix project conducted under Wallonia’s Marshall Plan, a consortium composed of two companies, Comet Traitements SA and Coretec Engineering SA, Certech, and ULB submitted PHOEBUS to the MecaTech Competitiveness Cluster. The project proposes the use of these fuels in high-added-value applications, such as in CHP technologies based on IC engines.
BURN is involved in PHOEBUS with the objective of achieving  efficient and clean combustion inside the CHP piston engine, using HCCI/RCCI modes.
To do so BURN's two main research engine benches will be used. The single cylinder Peter AV-1 research engine will be used to perform fundamental study about the fuel combustion in a Diesel engine. Then the new fully equipped 300 kW research bench will be used to develop a technology demonstrator and to carefully study the pollutants using a Horiba FT-one FTIR system, capable of dynamically measuring up to 29 components.