A new Chemistry World article this week outlines the advancement of chemical recycling, including the innovative progression made across the sector between a number of companies and technologies – including ReNew ELP and our use of the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR™) technology to build the world’s first hydrothermal liquefaction site with an 80,000 tonne per year capacity at Wilton in Teesside, North East of England.
The article by Nina Notman highlights a number of different chemical recycling technologies that are being applied to the recycling of plastic polymers; the majority of which use a pyrolysis model, converting plastic using heat in the absence of oxygen. The (Cat-HTR™) technology is unique however, in that it uses supercritical water as the main element to convert plastic. Sourcing post-consumer household plastic as feedstock, the technology uses the water to break down the chemical make up of plastic, donating hydrogen to form new bonds, and create four new products including naphtha, which can then be used in the production of new plastic, creating a circular economy and greatly reducing not just the quantity of plastic going to landfill, incineration and EfW (Energy from Waste), but also reducing dependency of fossil resource for the production of new plastics, a material humankind has come to rely on for the preservation of food, medicine and a more hygienic lifestyle.
Managing Director Richard Daley was pleased to contribute to the article, highlighting the technology’s adaptability when it comes to intaking mixed plastics, without the need for intensive pre-sorting, which is both time and cost consuming, quoting target feedstock as ‘plastics that are too contaminated or too mixed for traditional mechanical recycling’.
The problem of increasing levels of global plastic waste and plastic pollution is a task too big for one technology – and that’s why both ReNew ELP and Mura Technology, the license holders of Cat-HTR™, are pleased to feature in the article with a number of other chemical recycling companies, tackling the problem as one part of a suite of solutions.
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