Bilfinger Tebodin helps PRTI to cut emissions in the cement industry


PRTI’s trademarked thermal decomposition technology processes car tires into valuable raw materials and energy sources such as carbon, flue gas, oil and steel. Cement producers can use fuel generated in this process to operate their kilns and reduce the emissions. Bilfinger Tebodin helps adapting PRTI’s technology to strict European standards.

‘Emission standards are getting stricter in industries around the world’, says Tom Blades, CEO of Bilfinger. ‘Bilfinger tebodin’s know-how in emission reduction technologies helps our customers meet these requirements in an effective and cost-efficient way.’ 

One of the challenges was to extract the end materials from the reactor in a way that is safe both for the workers as well as for the environment. By installing process control configurations, parameters such as temperature and oxygen levels are continuously monitored and controlled. The occupational and process safety is safeguarded and e.g. the risk of Loss of Primary Containment is reduced to an acceptable low level. Furthermore, our team was able to suggest design changes that can increase the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of PRTI’s plants.

‘After successfully using our technology in the US, we see great potential in bringing its many advantages to Europe now’, says Kees Onstein, CEO of PRTI Europe. ‘Bilfinger Tebodin’s renowned engineering expertise has helped us to re-design the technology to meet the strictest Dutch standards, thereby making it accessible to customers in Europe for the first time.’