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PolynSPIRE

POLYNSPIRE – innovative technologies for plastic recycling

The main objective of POLYNSPIRE is to demonstrate a set of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions, aiming at improving the energy and resource efficiency of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic recycling processes. The following innovation pillars are addresses in POLYNSPIRE:

1) Chemical recycling assisted by microwaves and smart magnetic catalysts as a path to recover monomers and valuable fillers (carbon or glass fibers),

2) Advanced additivation for mechanical recycling processes to enhance the recycled plastic quality by using vitrimers, high-energy radiation, and compatibilizing additives,

3) Valorisation of plastic waste as a carbon source in steel industry.

The first two innovations can lead up to 34% of fossil fuel reduction for polyamide and 32% for polyurethane, while the last approach promises the reduction of ~80% of fossil carbon sources in electric arc furnaces. The project concept will address 100% waste containing streams, ensuring the recycling of at least 50% of total plastics containing polyamide and polyurethane that can lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions between 30% and 40%. Furthermore, non-technological barriers such as legislative or standardization barriers are also addressed at the EU level. Business models to integrate the aforementioned solutions in the overall plastic waste management system will be set up.

 

POLYNSPIRE also implies the development of a comprehensive business plan, gathering 7 business models and establishing a cross-linked relation between plastic, chemical and steel manufacturing industries. Its consortium, coordinated by CIRCE, ensures POLYNSPIRE success through the involvement of 4 Research Technology Organizations, 1 University, 9 Large Companies, 6 Small-Medium Enterprises and 2 Multiplier Associations. To that end, chemical companies (REPSOL, ARKEMA, NOVAMONT, ANA and KOR), plastic compounders (BADA) and converters (MAIER), waste managers (IDS), technology developers (CIRCE, NIC, ION, AITIIP, TUe, CSM), equipment and steel manufacturers (FM, CPPE, HTT, FENO), exploitation (VTG), standardization (DS) and dissemination (EUPC and IKMIB) entities are involved in the consortium.

No.

Participant legal name

Participant short name

Country

Organisation type

1

CIRCE – Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos

CIRCE

Spain

RTD

2

REPSOL SA

REPSOL

Spain

Large Company

3

Arkema France

ARK

France

Large Company

4

NOVAMONT S.p.A

NOVA

Italy

Large Company

5

Anadolu IPLIK

ANA

Turkey

Large Company

6

Kordsa teknik tekstil anonim sirketi

KOR

Turkey

Large Company

7

Ioniqa Technologies BV

ION

The Netherlands

SME

8

Kemijski institut

NIC

Slovenia

RTD

9

Fricke and Mallah Microwave technology GmbH

FM

Germany

SME

10

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

TUe

The Netherlands

University

11

Fundación AITIIP

AITIIP

Spain

RTD

12

BADA HIPANAPLAST S.A

BADA

Spain

Large Company

13

Maier UK Ltd

MAIER

United kingdom

Large Company

14

RINA consulting – centro sviluppo materiali SPA

CSM

Italy

Large Company

15

Ferriere nord SPA

FENO

Italy

Large Company

16

IdealService

IDS

Italy

Large Company

17

HTT Engineering, spool. s.r.o

HTT

Czech Republic

SME

18

CPPE d.o.o.

CPPE

Slovenia

SME

19

Fonden Dansk Standard

DS

Denmark

SME

20

European Plastic Converters

EUPC

Belgium

Association

21

Vertech Group

VTG

France

SME

22

Istanbul chemicals and chemical products exporters' association

IKMIB

Turkey

Association

 

 

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