Resource Dynamics, LLC

Responsible Stewardship for a Sustainable Planet

Global Resource Dynamics, LLC (GRD) is a Virginia-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Seraphic Group, Inc.

Global Resource Dynamics, LLC will offer a broad product portfolio for clean bioconversion of municipal solid waste, agricultural waste, and mining tailings on the market.

The founding principle of the company is the recognition of nature’s model for energy production, in which all waste is converted to usable metabolites or breakdown products that are recycled into the energy cycle. GRD recognizes that the unsustainable nature of much of our modern energy sector results from lack of appreciation for the value in waste products that not only go unused in our current systems, but often result in a costly hazardous waste product with limited options for storage or disposal. As such, there has been a general lack of attention and investment in technologies that can mobilize these waste products back into the ecosystem of the natural energy cycle.

The first product will be our near-zero emissions pyrolysis reactor with a first-in-the-industry fuel purification system that produces 70% of output as a variety of fuels including Ultra-Low Sulphur Bio-Diesel and 30% output of syngas – which can be used as the fuel for the pyrolysis reactor burners, or as a mix with the diesel that is produced from the unit to power electric generators on site for waste-to-electric conversion.

Industry Overview

The coal industry is facing uphill fiscal challenges, with economic pressure resulting from recent advances in the petroleum industry including horizontal oil drilling and natural gas fracking. One of the primary waste products that are now accounted for and required to be offset by government bonds in the US is the coal fines that have accumulated over the decades at the vast majority of the mining sites throughout the US. With increasing awareness of the health hazards of airborne coal particulate, there has been the need to eliminate the burning of coal containing fine particulate. In 2013, they published their results in Environmental Research Letters, concluding that 2.1 million deaths occur worldwide each year as a direct result of a toxic type of outdoor air pollution known as fine particulate matter.

In addition to the airborne pollutant issues, the storage of ash, sludge, and coal fines is a costly management problem and an additional source for pollution, as water runoff can be contaminated with these fine particulate materials leading to contamination of water systems and drinking water. Typical coal mine operations will store millions of tons of coal fines onsite, which accrue EPA penalties and bond purchase offsets. Per the Union of Concerned Scientists, additional waste created by a typical coal-fired power plant includes more than 125,000 tons of ash and 193,000 tons of sludge annually. Improper waste disposal can result in contamination of drinking water by toxic components — including arsenic, chromium, cadmium, and mercury — and cause damage to the nervous system and organs of humans.

The petroleum industry can be broadly divided into Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream sectors. The Upstream sector encompasses the exploration and collection/production of crude oil and natural gas, while the Downstream sector encompasses the processing and refining industries, through retailing and consumers. The Midstream sector involves the gathering, transportation, and storage, and represents a large strategical investment in the total industry.

Most liquid fuel processing systems today are very large industrial complexes that take years to construct and deploy, investments costing hundreds of millions of dollars. New fuel processing plant construction has been at a standstill in the US since the mid-1980s, for various complex economic and political reasons, principal among them being the environmental impact of such operations.

Global Resource Dynamics Fuel Processing System

GRD has conceived a new model to reshape the landscape of liquid fuel production. This model is based upon a modular, scalable, and rapidly deployable liquid fuel production system, that can convert a wide variety of carbon-based feedstock including coal, agricultural waste materials, scrap plastic, tires, and others. The process is exceptionally clean environmentally. Moreover, the compact scale of such plants allows deployment directly at– or very close to — upstream feedstock locations, greatly reducing Midstream transportation investments.

The entire system is approximately the size of three shipping containers. It can process 40 cubic feet of material per hour; with coal, for example, that will be approximately three and one-half tons per hour, with scrap plastic, approximately two tons per hour.

Systems can be configured as individual stand-alone, with a single set of all modules. It is also possible to configure groups of three thermal decomposition modules with a single, larger-scale fractional distillation module.