The SOBE pyrolysis project has been halted by the Youngstown City Council as it investigates the project fully
SOBE Thermal Energy Systems said it “respects” the city’s “cautious approach,” after Youngstown voted unanimously in late December to place a one-year hold on plans for SOBE to convert scrapped tyre chips into synthetic gas [sic]. Of course the output of such a plant would normally be more than Syngas – there would be carbon char (at least) and tyre pyrolysis oil, as well as a mixture of gases, some of which could be used to heat the plant.
In a statement, the company said it has acknowledged City Council’s decision to further study the technology and is committed to working with the city and community to “foster an understanding of the technology’s benefits.”
SOBE CEO David Ferro said; “SOBE reiterates its commitment to providing environmentally responsible and cost-effective energy solutions to Youngstown.”
Ferro adds, “This process not only helps in addressing the global challenge of tyre disposal but also significantly reduces our reliance on natural gas. This means stable and lower energy costs for our local businesses, regardless of seasonal temperature fluctuations.”
Existing operations will continue uninterrupted during this period and will not affect its current conversion process to turn natural gas into steam, he said.
“SOBE’s facility in Youngstown is dedicated to energy conversion and is not classified as an industrial facility. We are a part of the community, focused on enhancing the quality of life and economic stability in Youngstown through sustainable energy practices,” Ferro said, “We invite open dialogue and are here to address any concerns or questions from our fellow citizens and businesses. Together, we can pave the way for a greener, more prosperous Youngstown.”