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-Hydrogen Utopia expands plastics-to-hydrogen projects in Poland

Hydropolis United has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a Polish regional municipal waste management operator to develop a waste-to-hydrogen system, said the company.

The agreement between the Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) subsidiary and Regionalny Zaklad Zagospodarowania Odpadow (RZZO) will convert end of life plastics into hydrogen. A plant can be constructed on as little as 1.5 hectares and easily bolted onto existing waste facilities, using scalable and adaptable technology.

HUI has exclusive rights in Hungary, Poland and Greece to use Powerhouse Energy Group (PHE) technology, which converts plastic into hydrogen, and non-exclusive rights in the rest of the world. RZZO will provide a plot of land for the plant and will provide the waste plastic feedstock needed to produce hydrogen, subject to the final contract. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging

The site is expected to have capacity to process 40 tonnes of plastic waste per day to produce up to 2-3 tonnes/day of hydrogen as well as electricity and heat, with the latter likely to be fed into a district heating system.

RZZO, which was established to deal with new legislation on waste management, will also assist in procuring funding from the EU, national or local grants, and/or private funding, as well as assisting in offtake partners for the energy and hydrogen produced at the plant.

HUI’s flagship project is set to be in Konin, Poland, following an agreement between the firm and the City of Konin signed in February 2021. It is likely to come online in the next year.

As per MRC, BP announced that it has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a series of new potential customers for its proposed clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east England.

In March, Bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to produce up to 1GW of ‘blue’ hydrogen – 20% of the UK’s hydrogen target – by 2030. At the same time, it announced it had signed initial MoUs to scope the supply of hydrogen to chemicals manufacturer Venator and gas distributor Northern Gas Networks.Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging

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-Plastic Energy And TotalEnergies Sign An Agreement For An Advanced Recycling Project In Spain

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies have announced a new agreement to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy plans to build a second advanced recycling plant in Sevilla, Spain, in addition to their existing operational plant, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented recycling technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging

The plant will process and convert 33,000 tonnes of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste yearly, that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational in early 2025, with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units, following a successful processing experimentation in TotalEnergies’ petrochemical platform in Antwerp. With identical properties to virgin ones, the recycled polymers will be suitable for use in food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies are both firmly committed to develop plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste, and to build a circular economy in Europe and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy have announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in 2023. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging

Additionally, Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership in October 2021 for a similar recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A. This plant, which is a joint venture between Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-systems, will have the capacity to recycle 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, and is expected to be operational by mid-2024. Under the agreement, TACOIL will be converted by TotalEnergies in its Texas-based production units.

“I am pleased to announce another new Plastic Energy plant in Spain, and a new collaboration agreement with our partner, TotalEnergies” said Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy. “This new large-scale recycling plant will be an impactful addition to our existing portfolio of operational plants in Spain and will allow for an increase in the amount of end-of-life plastics that we can recycle in Europe.”

Plastic Energy And TotalEnergies Sign An Agreement For An Advanced Recycling Project In Spain

-APK unveils decolourised LDPE plastic recyclate

APK AG says it has been able to obtain high-quality, pure plastic LDPE recyclate from mixed consumer waste using its Newcycling technology, which it adds is successful on an industrial scale. Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging

Over the course of 2021, APK implemented an industrial-scale production campaign in several phases of its Merseburg recycling plant. The input material used with the Newcycling technology was post-consumer film waste from household collections.

According to the company, the first phase generated “excellent” results in terms of problem-free processing, yield, and mechanical values of the recyclate.

During a subsequent intermediate laboratory phase, the process parameters were refined with decolourisation in mind. The new parameters were implemented successfully in November 2021 as part of the second phase of the campaign, with the analysis of materials obtained reportedly revealing high colour and transparency values.

Klaus Wohnig, CEO of APK AG, comments: “We were able to prove that our Newcycling-technology can successfully recycle household plastic waste, and do so on an industrial scale.

“We were able to fully achieve the ambitious goals we had set for scaling and decolourisation.”  Decolourised LDPE Hydrogen Packaging

Dr Jürgen Flesch, APK board member who oversees production and technology, adds: “We were able to obtain a light-coloured LDPE-recyclate from mixed, flexible household waste, which was then processed into a film.

“The L value of our ‘campaign film’ is close to that of films produced from virgin plastics.”

APK is aiming to meet the demand for high-quality recycled plastics, which it says is in “greater demand than ever”, especially in the packaging segment. The Newcycling campaign is part of its wider expansion and, alongside partners from the plastics value chain, the company has plans to establish new plants over the coming years.

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Hydrogen Utopia expands plastics-to-hydrogen projects in Poland

Plastic Energy And TotalEnergies Sign An Agreement For An Advanced Recycling Project In Spain

APK unveils decolourised LDPE plastic recyclate

Indorama Ventures to Acquire Vietnemese PET Converter

Petrobas expects to sell 100% of its preferred stake in Braskem by February

Thermoplastic composites to replace metal components of batteries

Bioinnovation partnership: U of T Engineering and Ford Canada introduce new, sustainable automotive material

Crude oil prices rise sharply on Kazakhstan unrest and Libyan outages

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-Indorama Ventures to Acquire Vietnemese PET Converter

Purchase of Ngoc Nghia Industry will strength company’s packaging business in Asia-Pacific

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, announces that it is in the process of acquiring shares in Ngoc Nghia Industry – Service – Trading Joint Stock Company (NN).

NN is a leading PET converter in Vietnam with long-standing relationships with major brands. It has four manufacturing sites in both the North and South of Vietnam. It has a total production capacity of approximately 5.5 billion units of PET preforms, bottles and closures, or equivalent to a PET conversion of 76,000 tons per annum.

Operating with high quality standards, NN is a trusted provider of PET packaging products to major multinational and Vietnamese brands in the beverage and non-beverage industries.Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

Its business operations are run by an experienced management team with strong industry knowledge as well as local market exposure and understanding. These competitive advantages are strategic fits for IVL and would complement the company’s long-term growth after integration. This proposed acquisition will strengthen IVL’s market position in the packaging business in high growth markets of the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. D K Agarwal, CEO of Combined PET, IOD and Fibers Business at Indorama Ventures, says, “This investment opportunity is in line with IVL’s business strategy of expanding our footprint in rising economies like Vietnam. The country is positioned to be the ASEAN production hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, Vietnam’s PET packaging market is expected to grow continuously due to strong growth in consumption and improving living standards.

The proposed acquisition would foster sustainable growth in our largest business segment, Combined PET, which has been growing constantly to serve increasing demands globally.”  Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

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-Petrobas expects to sell 100% of its preferred stake in Braskem by February

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras said on Friday it expects to sell 100% of its preferred stake in petrochemical producer Braskem SA by February. The detailed timeframe came after Petrobras announced earlier in the day that the move was planned for the first quarter of 2022. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, also reiterated in a securities filing that the move will be conducted through a joint follow-on share offering with conglomerate Novonor.

The oil giant has hired JPMorgan to manage the offer. Petrobras had repeatedly expressed its intention to sell its 36.1% stake in the petrochemical company. Novonor, formerly known as Odebrecht, holds a 38.3% stake in Braskem.

Created in August 2002 by the merger of six companies from the Odebrecht Group and the Mariani Group, today Braskem is the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and the world’s leading biopolymer producer. Braskem produces polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, as well as basic petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, chlorine, benzene, toluene, etc. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

Braskem operates in the chemical and petrochemical industry and plays a significant role in other production chains that are essential to economic development.

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-Thermoplastic composites to replace metal components of batteries

The mobility and transport sector is currently responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Strongly encouraged by legislation and market demand, this industry has now started to make the shift towards vehicle electrification, which is expected to contribute significantly to reducing GHG emissions. But it also involves a number of challenges, including battery autonomy.

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In this context, AIMPLAS is developing the VETERIA21 Project as part of a collaboration agreement between the Valencian Regional Government’s Ministry of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society and AIMPLAS to provide funding through grants for technology centres to carry out innovation projects in 2021 in collaboration with companies within the framework of smart specialization.

The aim of the project is to optimise the transformation processes of thermoplastic composites in order to improve their properties so they can replace metals in electric vehicle battery casings. This will reduce battery weight and, therefore, battery consumption while providing a sustainable new solution based on circular economy criteria. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

Currently made of stainless steel and aluminium, li-ion battery modules account for from 20-30% of vehicle weight.

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-Bioinnovation partnership: U of T Engineering and Ford Canada introduce new, sustainable automotive material

A collaboration between University of Toronto researchers and Ford Canada, led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s Professor Mohini Sain, has produced a new, sustainably-sourced, production-ready engine component for high-performance vehicles. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

The Carbon Fibre-Composite 5.0L Engine Timing Cover reduces emissions by displacing fossil fuel-derived plastics with renewable alternatives that can be recycled and by decreasing vehicle weight, leading to improved fuel efficiency.

Five years in the making, the new part was developed through a partnership between Sain’s lab group and Ford Canada’s Powertrain Research and Development Centre (PERDC), led by Dr. Jimi Tjong, the technical lead at its Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ont., which is equipped with more than 20 design and process engineers.

The partnership was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence.

“My goal is to not only do research; I want to be involved in the process from research to commercialization,” says Sain, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. “Our research group starts with the fundamental research and then we translate it into practice, going from concept to production-ready products.

“We constantly consult with our industry experts to bring synergy in our design engineering to develop optimal cost/performance balance. Pricing is a key factor in driving our innovation.” Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

The director of U of T Engineering’s Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, Sain is a leading researcher in advanced low-carbon materials and sustainable bio-manufacturing.

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-Crude oil prices rise sharply on Kazakhstan unrest and Libyan outages

Oil prices rose sharply on Thursday, extending a rally from the previous session, on escalating unrest in OPEC+ oil producer Kazakhstan and supply outages in Libya, reported Reuters.

Global benchmark Brent crude futures rose USD1.78, or 2.2%, to USD82.58 a bbl by 1445 GMT, the highest since late November. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained USD2.18, or 2.8%, to USD80.03, the highest since mid-November.

Brent’s six-month backwardation stood at about USD4 a bbl, its widest since late November. Backwardation is a market structure where current prices trade at a premium to future prices and is usually a sign of a bullish market.

Russia sent paratroopers into Kazakhstan on Thursday to help quell a countrywide uprising after deadly violence spread across the tightly controlled former Soviet state. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

“The political situation in Kazakhstan is becoming increasingly tense,” Commerzbank said. “And this is a country that is currently producing 1.6 MM bbl of oil per day.”

There were no indications that oil production has been affected so far.

Libyan oil output is at 729,000 bpd, the National Oil Corp said on Thursday, down from a high of more than 1.3 MMbpd last year, owing to maintenance and oilfield shutdowns.

Prices rallied despite a surge in US fuel stocks a week earlier. US crude oil stockpiles fell lin early January while gasoline inventories surged by more than 10 MM bbl, the biggest weekly build since April 2020, as supplies backed up at refineries because of reduced fuel demand. Indorama Ventures Thermoplastic composites

OPEC+, a group that includes members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers, agreed on Tuesday to add another 400,000 bpd of supply in February, as it has done each month since August.

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