URBAN-RIG Processing case 1 : Electric wire covered with PVC

Today, I’d like to show everyone how the processing of the URBAN-RIG is done.

What we processed this time round, as its written in the title above, is an “Electric wire covered with PVC”.
PVC is a short name for “Polyvinyl Chloride”, and is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer after polyethylene and polypropylene.

What does this mean?
It means its being disposed A LOT as well.

However, the disposal of the PVC can be hazardous to various degree, due to the materials inherent chlorine content, different ways of treatments are desired globally.

How can URBAN RIG solve this problem?
We’ll see.

If you don’t know what URBAN RIG is yet, scroll down to the bottom of this page for a description.

Let’s get started.

Processing used electric wires: Treatment of PVC, extraction of copper wire.



Electric wires placed in the meshed metal container.


Then its inputted into the plant. (URBAN RIG)


Inputted material post process looks like this!
As you can see in the photo above, the PVC which used to cover the wire are now gone, the orange-ish colour of the copper can be observed.
PVC is broke down in to oil and charcoal, through thermal decomposition, charcoal can be seen with the copper wire.


Collected Oil

Although the colour of it is black, it showed great flammability when burnt.
This oil can then be re-used as an industrial fuel, or an additional heat source for energy production etc.

What is URBAN RIG?

URBAN RIG utilizes superheated steam to achieve high temperature – oxygen free state inside the reactor to enable recovery of fuel oil from resin-based mixed waste.

Many of you may already know that resins (plastic materials) are all originally oil.
Through petrochemical processing, all sorts of plastics are created.

Thus, URBAN RIG basically rewinds that process to “recover” fuel oil from end of use resin based waste.

It is anticipated to be an alternative approach to treat wastes, reducing incineration and landfill globally.

☆ Click HERE for further information about how URBAN RIG operates.

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