Pyrum Recycling Plant

Oil from old tyres: SPIE energises Pyrum’s innovative recycling facilities

Published on 20 September 2022

Dillingen, 20 September 2022 SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa, the German subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been awarded by Pyrum a contract for two transformer stations and all the component cabling – including their turnkey handover – for the new production facilities. 

Back in March, the team headed by Oliver Thurnes from SPIE Buchmann, a company belonging to the Building Technology & Automation operational division of SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa, was commissioned with the complex task of planning and installing the energy supply systems for the new production facilities. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022. 

Recycling old tyres into oil 

From just one old tyre, Pyrum can recycle around two litres of pyrolysis oil, carbon and other coveted raw materials using a special patented method. To ensure that the new facilities cover Pyrum’s energy requirements, SPIE was brought on board in the planning phase as a partner for planning and installing the energy supply systems. So in addition to price, the expertise demonstrated at this stage was especially crucial in the final decision to award the contract. “We are extremely proud that Pyrum responded so positively to our work and we are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this innovative and pioneering recycling process,” says Oliver Thurnes, who is responsible for energy systems at SPIE Buchmann.

Energy for the patented thermolysis method

SPIE’s contract encompasses not only the planning and installation of the energy supply systems for the new production facilities, but also the installation of two double-decker transformer stations, two medium-voltage switch-gear systems, four additional transformers and two low-voltage main distribution boards as well as the cabling for all the components and the turnkey handover. “Our patented thermolysis method achieves a recycling rate of up to 98% with minimal CO2 emissions. The right energy supply is vital to this process. We are delighted to have found in SPIE a highly skilled, local partner that can offer the whole package from planning to turnkey handover,” says Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum.
A particular challenge for SPIE will be the installation of the double-decker transformer stations – essentially two concrete structures, one of which has to be positioned on top of the other. “Our team possesses the skills required to handle even this challenge,” says Christian Krein, SPIE Buchmann’s site manager, with confidence. With the longer delivery times for certain components already factored in, the project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022.