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.

Presented by Simon Hansford, CEO at Itero.

Interview

Question 1: What drives you?
Although I am neither a scientist nor an engineer, I love challenging my team on the technical aspects of our plant. I love working with our brilliant team and getting the best from them. I want us all to succeed together.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Itero has dedicated significant time and resources to better understand both the chemical and physical dynamics of the pyrolysis of waste plastic in real world settings. We can share both our experience in this, and how we plan to continue to learn while delivering a world-class process plant.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Whole-system integration has to be the goal – optimising the utilisation of each polymer / waste type at collection and directing it to the optimal pathway. This will ensure resource efficiency, reduced environmental impact and increased system integrity, all which will be paramount into the medium to long term.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Better data throughout the system will allow for more objective reviewing and analysis on the impact of each process step – I think this will both (i) encourage continued optimisation of technologies and processes and (ii) unlock significant funding over time to enable the delivery of chemical recycling globally.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Government legislation needs to be enabling for the industry, not a barrier to it. Technology providers must seek to optimise and improve, not search for the lowest common technology denominator – technology failures in our nascent industry would be very detrimental.

About Itero
Itero is a clean tech company based in London. We are helping to build the circular economy for plastics by sustainably and economically diverting plastic waste from landfill and incineration. With our patented advanced recycling technology, we are able to convert previously non-recycled plastic waste into valuable petrochemical resources.

Simon Hansford is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Circular Chemistry Conference.

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