ReNew ELP is at the forefront of a new, cutting-edge technology that can convert end-of-life plastic waste into hydrocarbon feedstock products, including naphtha, diesel, vacuum gas oil and heavy waxes.
Using a unique, patented hydrothermal upgrading platform, the Cat-HTR (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor), ReNew ELP will shortly commence construction of the world’s first commercial scale plant at its site in Teesside, North East England. The plant will use our innovative process to chemically recycle the hydrocarbons used in plastic by converting end-of-life plastic waste into a hydrocarbon feedstock that could be further processed into new plastic or other valuable petrochemical products, contributing to the establishment of a Circular Economy.
ReNew ELP’s product is sustainable, stable and low sulphur and can be blended within a conventional refinery feedstocks.
ReNew ELP is developing the first commercial scale Cat-HTR plant in the industrial heartland of North East England, with the aim of reducing the volume of waste plastic that enters the environment. Our approach will demonstrate that a low-carbon, low-waste society can be achieved with the right focus, technology and investment.
Globally 311 million tonnes of plastics are produced per year, but only 5% is currently recycled. In the UK around 45% of waste from UK households is recycled. The EU has set a target of 50% for the UK by 2020.
The amount being mechanically recycled (cleaning and re-extruding) has increased, but there is a limit to how many times plastic can be mechanically recycled and thin plastics film material tend to be too contaminated for this form of recycling.
Our patented technology enables end-of-life plastic material that is too difficult to mechanically recycle, to be chemically recycled into high value hydrocarbon feedstocks, recycling scarce resources.
The ReNew ELP site in Teesside has a potential total processing capacity of 120,000 tonnes per annum.
The Licensee of the technology has other potential sites in the UK and is also offering to license the technology to waste producers and waste processing companies. It’s longer-term goal is to channel further investment into emerging technologies to support the creation of renewable and sustainable products.