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Oil regeneration technology – infinite use of a finite resource

Virtually all industrial machines use oil as a lubricant. In fact, about 19 million tonnes of industrial lubricants are used globally every year. Producing all that oil requires large amounts of crude oil, and the extraction of that oil comes at a great environmental cost.

Once extracted, the crude oil has to be shipped, refined, shipped again, and then modified to fit its purpose – before even reaching distributors and end users. When the oil has finally been used and it reaches the end of its intended life as a lubricant, it needs to be disposed of. In most cases, it is dumped or burnt as fuel.

Only a small part of all that oil is recycled, often into basic lubricant oil, a product that is stripped of the additives from the original modification process. The recycled base oil then needs to be shipped, remodified and redistributed.

In every step along their supply chain and lifecycle, industrial oils cause environmental impact and add to increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – be it from the machinery involved in the extraction process, the engines burning fuel while the oil is shipped from place to place, or the burning of used oil.

But what if you could reuse all that industrial oil again and again, without losing any of its original qualities? SKF RecondOil makes it possible. With its so-called Double Separation Technology, complete recovery and reuse of industrial lubrication oil is possible. Through the continuous regeneration of the same lubrication oil, the technology enables a truly circular economy of oil – greatly reducing environmental impact and CO2 emissions.

In fact, by using the same oil repeatedly, CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 3 tonnes per recycled tonne of oil each time it reused. Furthermore, the need for extracting, refining, shipping and modifying crude oil, as well as disposing of it once contaminated, decreases. This means important savings for our natural environment.

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