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Tag Archives: Sekhar Research Innovations
Latest offering from SRI boasting 100% Butyl Free SRI DVR Compound
Then when the same DVR Compound is added to Volume Medium grade Asian Retread Compound the results are interesting to say the least!The retention of properties is very exciting especially the EB% !!
With the significance of high Rolling Resistance and Heat Build Up in tyres being a direct measure of CO2 generation contributing to Global Warming its a particularly important factor in terms of sustainability in Commercial Vehicle and Passenger Car Tyres. The SRI DVR Compound is the first recycled content tested by global tyre manufacturers that does not impact adversely on Rebound Hysteresis test results which is a benchmark for Rolling Resistance and Heat Buildup in their tread compounds.
A significant milestone for SRI and I, we inked our term sheet with Agensi Innovasi Malaysia and QuestMark Group. An important step for us but marking the begining of our journey and the challenges to come.
The excitement at the prospect of moving ahead with greater momentum is palpable, the entire team is galvanized for the next steps.
A long journey for all of us, I am personally looking forward to publishing technical papers on our innovation and starting the process of introduction of SRI Compounds into the market, the Global Market.
I love my three young children immensely. So it’s hard for me to be fully rational about them. Of course they are the smartest, the best looking, and the most athletic. I’m not alone — all parents are irrational. We lose sleep worrying about things we can’t control and take pride in ridiculously small achievements we had nothing to do with.
The ultimate model which addresses all possible aspects of environmental sustainability in rubber recycling is still Devulcanization but should start right from the collection of tires. This means the starting point should be at the tire collection centers or in the US possibly at the landfills. Here we are not talking about solid waste management anymore but effectively managing a vital raw material in process.
Addressed properly the tires would not be dumped in the open but would be separated out between passenger car and commercial vehicle (truck) tires, making it possible to split up the feedstock into types ie. Mostly Natural Rubber (80/20) from Commercial vehicle tires and Mostly Synthetic (60/40) for passenger car tires. This important step also makes it possible to shoe horn in a step which could see the eventual removal of the Butyl inner liners by grinding or peeling off. The resultant by-products would be butyl scrap feedstock and butyl free scrap tire feedstock, an interesting and very significant change to the current situation.
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We live in a world that has taken its bounty and blessings entirely for granted for a very long time. The most basic levels of reciprocation to maintain balance in our environment were ignored and we might have pillaged our way to a point of no return. The only option left beyond packing up and leaving mother earth is to do away with polluting processes and address sustainability in any and all our activities.
The challenge before us is to make sustainable activity in the form of greentech and applications related to the improvements in efficiency and energy conservancy, cost effective and profitable. Fortunately, we do have solutions that can go a long way towards mitigation. Some challenges require us to invent, others called for applying common sense and using existing Smart solutions.
It did not come as a surprise when Sekhar Research Innovations (SRI) Sdn Bhd won the cleantech innovation award from the international technology consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. SRI’s devulcanising process, which is a closed-loop rubber recycling solution that can match the volume requirements of rubber manufacturing, is not only an environment-friendly process but also holds out great commercial value.
SRI, founded by the doyen of modern rubber technology the late Tan Sri Dr BC Sekhar, is a renowned R&D firm working on ecological reuse of end-of-life tyres and waste rubber to produce premium tyres.
It won the Asia Pacific award in recognition of its technology’s uniqueness that will have a defining impact on new products, applications, functionality and customer value. The technology transforms the recycling of scrap rubber into a volume-based and industrially scalable process, said SRI CEO Gopinath B Sekhar in an interview.
“Our solution provides for substantial economies of scale by having a modular, high-volume processing system that lends itself to a very high-level of consistency in performance,” he said.
“Further, our energy footprint is lower than any other available devulcanisation technology and we have zero discharge.”
This is the first time that an eco-friendly technology will be able to match the sheer volume of tyre wastes generated in a way that is economically viable without relying on subsidies.
“Frost’s innovation award was a welcome validation of our efforts and achievements thus far,” Sekhar explained.
The product from SRI, which was a start-up based in the Malaysian city Petaling Jaya and is currently engaged in commercialising its process by opening a production facility in Malaysia, is a viable recycling solution that can address the problems of scrap tyres globally.
Sekhar said the world produces tyres in excess of 1 billion units yearly valued at more than US$130 billion. But scrapping them poses a major environmental hazard because it is difficult to dispose end-of-life tyres. It has been found that the option of producing tyre derived fuel by incinerating them is a global public health concern. More…..
The misconception that End of Life passenger car tires have no real value needs to be challenged and corrected. Today there are a few plants scattered around the world that crumb the material but it looks like the vast majority are incinerated as tire derived fuel (TDF). The approach to tire recycling thus far has been following the paths of least resistance with few technological strides of consequence. The primary problem in passenger car tires is the lower rubber recovery with a high fibre content,
The 12th of October 2010 was an interesting day, there we were signing our agreement with the MRB (Malaysian Rubber Board) at the same time as agreements were being signed with MARDEC and FELDA represented by their CEO’s. While it was nice to be operating on the same level as these enormous companies, it really augurs well for the planned collaboration with us as they are taking us seriously as a cleantech solution provider and a leader in tyre recycling/devulcanization. With this formal agreement which was hammered out with the support of their dynamic Director General, Dr. Salmiah Ahmad, the Rubber Board has effectively made a substantive commitment to support the development of recycling technologies. The agreement provides us with the requisite priority in using their equipment, provides for fast turnaround in testing and general collaboration in terms of applications.
The idea was to take a classic performance car, bring it back to optimum condition, if not slightly better and then change all the rubber components in it to ones with substantial recycled content in the form of my SRI Activated Compounds. Targeting more than potentially 200 components, no fillers or diluents but substitution of one compound for another in proportions ranging from 5% to 30% plus, subject to the application and required performance parameters. The final product performance exhibiting no appreciable loss off properties or performance. The car may be a classic but its performance specs at every level require high performance rubber components and by extension sophisticated compounds even by today’s standards, so whatever works here is equal to anything on the road anywhere.