Plastogaz

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Canton de Vaud

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Switzerland

Plastic-to-Plastic through an Innovative Catalytic Hydrocracking Process

Our patented catalytic hydrocracking process transforms plastic waste, not into inferior recycled material, but into naphtha. Usually from fossil fuels, naphtha is the precursor to producing plastic. We create a true circular economy for plastic, removing post-consumer plastic from the waste stream to create a circular source for new plastic.

Our innovative technological approach to achieve circularity for flexible film waste complements conventional, mechanical recycling by converting contaminated or impossible-to-recycle household film wastes, such as multilayer films, back into naphtha, the raw material for producing plastic. The core of the innovation is our patented catalyst, which when employed in catalytic hydrocracking gives us a high-yield process for the decomposition of flexible film waste into useful hydrocarbon products, which we call "circular naphtha."

Our technology can disrupt the plastic industry. Our high yield means we have a naphtha product that is readily introduced into a steam cracker "as is," producing a higher proportion of fractions that can be used in the creation of new plastics, thus providing the highest value and circularity from difficult-to-recycle flexible film waste. Not only do we eliminate previously hard-to-recycle plastics from the waste stream, but we simultaneously produce a value-added product, naphtha, and do so with lower CO2 emissions than incineration, a common way of disposing of this waste.

An industrial process, mostly running on typical petrochemical process equipment, our solution is easily replicated in any geography by building new plants. Its high tolerance to different and contaminated feedstock materials means that it can be adapted to different plastic waste fractions.

Based on over four years of data-driven experimental research, and thanks to the support of key stakeholders throughout the value chain, the technology is now demonstrated at TRL 5. We have defined a robust plan to further scale the technology and bring it closer to the market.

Lead organization region / continent
Europe
Location of future work
Europe
North America
South/Central America & Caribbean
South & Southeast Asia
Solution type
Thermal