We achieve in just 20 minutes what takes nature 200 million years: turning waste plastic into readily usable hydrocarbon feedstock
The Cat-HTR™ (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor) upgrading platform is capable of converting a number of low value feedstocks, including mixed composite polymer waste streams, into high grade chemicals and oils, with a very low carbon footprint. With over $75million AUD invested into the development and its testing at the pilot plant in New South Wales, Australia, the technology has been extensively trialled and upscaled over a ten year period. ReNew ELP are working to commercialise the technology alongside Cat-HTR™ license holders Mura Technology Limited.
The Cat-HTR™ utilises water in the supercritical state; breaking down the polymeric structure of the plastic feedstock and harvesting hydrogen from the water for use in the creation of new, stable hydrocarbons, producing several stable products which can be easily stored and shipped, are of equivalence to existing chemical products, will be REACH8 registered and represent a significant CO2 reduction when compared to fossil resource.
A Supplementary Process for Traditional Recycling
The ability to process mixed waste plastics sets us apart – our target feedstock is mixed waste plastics considered too contaminated or mixed for traditional recycling methods. These plastics are currently disposed of via landfill or incineration, and so the opportunity for polymer recycling is lost. Our process enables the polymer to be continually recycled, retaining the value of the material.
Our chemical recycling solution is capable of processing mixed composite polymers, multi-layer flexible and rigid plastics with levels of contamination of non-plastic materials, such as papers and organic matter, rendering them unrecyclable in today’s market. Supplementing traditional recycling methods, it creates a wider scope of recyclable feedstocks and helps to reach targets outlined in recycling strategies.
Cat-HTR™ Technology Advantages:
The technology exhibits a high conversion efficiency
Higher yields than other conversion technologies
The process is scalable due to improved heat transfer
Controllable reactions and process flexibility
Output products are stable and will be REACH8 registered
Does not generate toxic
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