Towards a Circular Economy

Moving our linear fossil based economy towards a circular economy means changing from a liquid, fossil based feedstock to a solid, waste based feedstock. This poses significant technical challenges but also opportunities for the development and deployment of new, novel technologies and solutions. In this presentation we will be touching at a high level on the requirements and challenges of these technologies. And based on technological developments we will be presenting a look into the near and farther future.

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Closing the loop for engineering plastic waste using advanced physical recycling methods

Norbert Fraunholcz

Engineering plastics (e.g., ABS, PC and PMMA) have superior mechanical properties, such as strength and gloss. Therefore, they are primarily used in high-end products, such as electrical and electronic (E&E) devices and passenger cars. When it comes to end-of-life solutions, closed-loop recycling is the only sustainable option for this group of plastics. This is mainly due to a lack of alternative product applications to absorb lower-grade recycled material in quantity. In turn, closed-loop recycling implies very high quality requirements on the recycled material to replace virgin resins.

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Hydrochemolytic Upcycling of Polyethylene: An Efficient, Lower-Energy Technology to Produce Paraffins in High Yield and Purity

anil jhawar

This new technology overcomes both the inherent difficulty of chemically recycling addition polymers like polyethylene (PE) and the energy intensity of thermolytic methods. From polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene to tire rubber, the principal challenge in chemically transforming addition-reaction polymers is their chemical inertness. Indeed, like its lower-molecular-weight, paraffinic homologs, PE is “parum affinis” (Lat., without affinity): it is relatively unreactive. Thermolytic methods overcome that inertness by thermally energizing all bonds in PE, both C-H and C-C, thereby “pushing” them over the activation barrier to bond-breaking.

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R&D as a core pillar for driving commercial success in chemical recycling

Itero present their three step approach to research and development to ensure the success of its chemical recycling technology. Starting with core chemistry, Itero have built upon their expertise in pyrolysis of polymers by processing real waste, studying both the chemical and physical attributes. Beyond this, operation of a full scale R&D facility at Brightlands will drive commercial success.

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Feedstock recycling of PLA – a biobased polymer goes circular

Plastics from renewable resources like polylactide (PLA) are gaining more and more market share. With the proliferation of PLA, issues concerning the end-of-life options of PLA products gain more and more importance. One possibility, regarded as being the most favorable several years ago, is the processing of PLA in industrial composting plants.

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Chemical Recycling Europe and the European Plastic Waste Landscape

Chemical Recycling Europe (ChemRecEurope) has brought together the chemical recycling industry in Europe to tackle the problem of plastic waste. This presentation will cover a background of ChemRecEurope and more about the plastic waste situation in Europe as a whole, as well as some key policy opportunities and challenges.

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Molecules as a Service – From Linear to Circular

The transformation to a more sustainable, circular economy requires a variety of changes to traditional thinking about technology, business models and ecosystem dynamics. Becoming circular is impossible without embracing all of these changes. Yet, itr is possible even for individuals to start and accelerate impactful change. Triple Helix will demonstrate the Molecules as a Service approach as a model for fundamental change and will discuss real life cases such as SurePUre, the polyurethanes recycling/upcycling pilot plant near Antwerp.

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Recycling of plastics using microwave technology

Jocelyn Doucet

In this presentation, we will highlight the benefits of using our revolutionary microwave-based platform to recycle plastics in a more efficient way than any other thermal based technologies. We will show how microwaves make higher yields of better quality output while being a fraction of the size of other technologies for the same throughput. The compactness and modularity of our solution will show superiority of our technology in terms of commercial attractiveness.

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Feedstock recycling of PLA – a biobased polymer goes circular

Plastics from renewable resources like polylactide (PLA) are gaining more and more market share. With the proliferation of PLA, issues concerning the end-of-life options of PLA products gain more and more importance. One possibility, regarded as being the most favorable several years ago, is the processing of PLA in industrial composting plants.

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