The TiPs process began 40 years ago from a concept created by inventor Carl (Mike) Wilwerding. Mike dreamed of the day when he could clean the world of its garbage using a simple system to reclaim waste components back into their original elements. Based off of his patented thermal decomposition apparatus, Mike refined the technology and developed it over the years to process a variety of waste streams including municipal garbage, sewage sludge, manure, aluminum oil, rubber, bleaching clays, PCB’s, plastics, diatomaceous earth and chicken waste. Each processor was carefully designed to ensure that the chemical reaction was stable, sustainable and the net energy balance was positive.
In 2004, a team led by Phillip Cauley (currently the CTO of Fulcrum) began to build progressively larger plants until a baseline criterion for a commercial application was reached. Phil and his team successfully scaled up the technology, proving it could run various feedstock materials at high throughput rates.
In 2011, after several years of development, Fulcrum Environmental Solutions was formed to manage the world wide IP technology rights to the Wilwerding process. Because of its one-of-a-kind technology, Fulcrum believed the process should have a distinctive name that can identify it to the world as being unique. TiPsTM terminology was formed, an acronym for Thermal-static internal Pyrophinic system.
There is only one TiPs process available in the world today and Fulcrum is ready to unlock its endless potential. It is a proven and highly effective technology that will make waste recycling profitable.