Paraffin wax is white or colorless soft or solid material that consists of a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules containing between twenty and forty carbon atoms. Common applications for paraffin wax include lubrication, electrical insulation, and candles; dyed paraffin wax can be made into crayons.
ProCone's BASURAgas® Universal System converts different materials deriving from biomass, waste, coal and other sources into pure paraffin wax on a low cost basis. This form of conversion requires the materials treatment at the front end of the gasifier and a gas cleaner, gas compressor and Fischer-Tropsch conversion unit at the back end of the gasifier as the basic configuration. This application can be found anywhere were paraffin wax is in demand or suitable feedstock materials are available.
*Other uses of paraffin wax:
- Wax carving
- Coatings for waxed paper or cloth
- Food-grade paraffin wax:
- Shiny coating used in candy-making; although edible, it is nondigestible, passing right through the body without being broken down
- Coating for many kinds of hard cheese, like Edam cheese
- Sealant for jars, cans, and bottles
- Chewing gum additive
- Investment casting
- Anti-caking agent, moisture repellent, and dustbinding coatings for fertilizers
- Agent for preparation of specimens for histology
- Bullet lubricant – with other ingredients, such as olive oil and beeswax
- Phlegmatizing agent, commonly used to stabilize/desensitize high explosives such as RDX
- Solid propellant for hybrid rocket motors
- Component of surfwax, used for grip on surfboards in surfing
- Component of glide wax, used on skis and snowboards
- Friction-reducer, for use on handrails and cement ledges, commonly used in skateboarding
- Ink. Used as the basis for solid ink different color blocks of wax for thermal printers. The wax is melted and then sprayed on the paper producing images with a shiny surface
- Microwax: food additive, a glazing agent with E number E905
- Forensic investigations: the nitrate test uses paraffin wax to detect nitrates and nitrites on the hand of a shooting suspect
- Antiozonant agents: blends of paraffin and micro waxes are used in rubber compounds to prevent cracking of the rubber; the admixture of wax migrates to the surface of the product and forms a protective layer. The layer can also act as a release agent, helping the product separate from its mould.
- Mechanical thermostats and actuators, as an expansion medium for activating such devices
- "Potting" guitar pickups, which reduces microphonic feedback caused from the subtle movements of the pole pieces
- "Potting" of local oscillator coils to prevent microphonic frequency modulation in low end FM radios.
- Textile manufacturing processes, such as that used for Eisengarn thread.
- Wax baths for beauty and therapy purposes
- Thickening agent in many paintballs
- Moisturizer in toiletries and cosmetics such as Vaseline, though potentially comedogenic.
- Prevents oxidation on the surface of polished steel and iron
- Phase change material for thermal energy storage
- MESSENGER (Mercury spacecraft) When the spacecraft was unable to radiate excessive heat.
- Manufacture of boiled leather armor and books
- Skateboard wax
- Paraffin microactuator
- Neutron radiation shielding
- waterproofing agent for waxed cotton garments and commercially important in the early water proofing of ship sails.
(* this list is provided by Wikipedia)