Quantafuel PtL
/ Quantafuel ASA
Molecular Recycling
Plastics Pyrolysis


The Plastic Waste is heated without Oxygen so that the Polymers are decomposed and gasified into shorter chains of Hydrocarbons. According to WO 2020/008050 the desired Plastic Material is cleaned to a preferred level of Contamination of less than 1 or 2%, its water content is reduced to a level of less than 1%, and it preferably comprises HDPE, LDPE, PP and PS, whereas less desirable plastic types are PET, PVC and ABS. Pyrolysis results in a complex Oil that contains undesirable impurities if left untreated. As a first step, Quantafuel therefore purifies the Pyrolysis Gas by removing Ash and detrimental Impurities such as Chlorine and Sulphur. Part of Quantafuel’s technology is a Two-Stage Catalytic Process in the Gas Phase. The Gas is thereafter condensed and separated into sought-after Oil Fractions through Distillation.[1],[2]

In the company's 4Q 2019 report (that has meanwhile be taken offline), QUANTAFUEL provides details about the PtL Process as shown in Fig. 1.[3] 

Pyrolysis yields are about:

  • 10% permanent Gases and four different Products
  • 10% of an Ash fraction (70 wt-% Carbon)
  • 80% of a liquid Fraction:
    • 16 wt-% light fraction (C6-C12)
    • 56% diesel fraction (C11-C21)
    • 8% heavy fraction (C20-C28)

Figure 1 - Quantafuel conversion of Mixed Polyolefin Waste catalytic PtL Process.[3]

In a subsequent communication[4], Quantafuel reports about an overall Oil yield of 68% instead of the 80% claimed in the Q4 2019 report.


  1. Quantafuel Website, Technology Page, accessed 19th Dec 2020
  2. WO 2020/008050 A1, QUANTAFUEL AS, Priority date 6th Jul 2018, Production of hydrocarbon fuels from waste plastic
  3. Quantafuel's 4Q 2019 report (no longer available online)
  4. SUSTAINABLE Plastics, Karen Laird, 28th Mar 2022, Proof of Concept announcement from Norwegian chemical recycler Quantafuel.
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UserPic  Kokel, Nicolas
11/6/2023 8:27 AM
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QUANTAFUEL Catalytic PtL Process, 4Q 2019 report (no longer available online)
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