Gasification-of-tires – Lummus Technology has announced a significant investment in Resynergi, a trailblazer in plastic recycling technology 13-01-2024


Lummus Technology has announced a significant investment in Resynergi, a trailblazer in plastic recycling technology

This strategic move aims to amplify the production of Resynergi’s groundbreaking Continuous Microwave Assisted Pyrolysis (CMAP) technology, as reported by Hydrocarbonprocessing.

CMAP sets itself apart by converting plastic waste into reusable materials at a rate 20 times faster than conventional pyrolysis methods. To further strengthen this collaboration, Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus, will assume a position on Resynergi’s board of directors.  Gasification-of-tires

According to Leon de Bruyn, “Lummus is not only injecting funds into Resynergi; we are forging a partnership with genuine innovators to create and expand sustainable solutions that drive progress in the circular economy. By combining our extensive global licensing expertise with Resynergi’s proven CMAP technology, we aim to expedite the transformation of plastic waste into high-quality, reusable materials.”

He expressed anticipation about working closely with Resynergi’s team and board of directors to contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of traditional plastics production, meeting the rising demand for recycled plastics. Brian Bauer, Chief Executive Officer of Resynergi, emphasized the positive impact of Lummus’ investment and global licensing expertise, envisioning a collaborative effort to diminish reliance on fossil fuels by addressing plastic waste and advancing plastic circularity.

Given the projected 70% growth in plastic waste by 2050, Resynergi’s modular CMAP technology is well-positioned to scale waste conversion, generating favorable social and environmental outcomes.  Gasification-of-tires


As the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, LyondellBasell recently announced a significant licensing agreement with China Coal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical Co., Ltd. (China Coal Shaanxi)

The Chinese company has chosen LyondellBasell’s cutting-edge technologies—Spherizone, Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP), and Lupotech T—for their upcoming chemical complex in Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China.

Under this agreement, LyondellBasell’s Spherizone technology will be employed in a 300 KTA polypropylene plant, while the Hostalen ACP high-density polyethylene plant will have a capacity of 300 KTA. Additionally, a 250 KTA Lupotech T vinyl acetate copolymer plant will be part of the new facility. The selection of these advanced technologies reflects China Coal Shaanxi’s commitment to achieving ambitious growth targets in both production expansion and delivering differentiated resins to the polyolefin market in China and beyond.  Gasification-of-tires

Patrik Schneider, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell, emphasized the significance of licensing superior and distinctive technology in a highly competitive landscape. Mr. Zhou Yongtao, Vice General Manager and Chief Project Director of China Coal Shaanxi, expressed the value of obtaining a license and related know-how, citing the acceleration of learning and reduction of complexity. He highlighted the importance of the Spherizone process’s differentiated polypropylene grades and the durable infrastructure resins from Hostalen ACP and Lupotech T for their portfolio development.

The Spherizone process, with its multi-zone circulating reactor (MZCR), allows for the production of polypropylene products with novel architecture and enhanced properties. The Hostalen ACP process technology is known for manufacturing high-performance, multi-modal HDPE resins, while the Lupotech T process is preferred for LDPE/EVA production due to its high conversion rates and energy efficiency.

LyondellBasell’s portfolio also includes Spheripol, Avant, and other polyolefin process and catalyst technologies. New licensees can opt to join the LyondellBasell Technical Service Program, benefiting from continuous production improvement, sustainable product development, and catalyst expertise.  Gasification-of-tires

As the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, LyondellBasell recently announced a significant licensing agreement with China Coal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical Co., Ltd. (China Coal Shaanxi)

American Lithium has tripled the estimated value of its Falchani lithium project, revealing a new valuation of $5.11 billion

This significant increase surpasses the previous forecast and highlights the project’s growing potential. In addition to lithium carbonate, the project may yield potential byproducts such as potash sulfate and cesium sulfate, elevating the after-tax value to an impressive $5.58 billion.  Gasification-of-tires

The remarkable surge in net present value, coupled with a low initial capital expenditure and robust economics outlined in the updated preliminary economic assessment for Falchani, marks the successful outcomes of extensive work programs and flow sheet optimization conducted over the past few years. CEO Simon Clarke expressed this achievement in a statement, attributing it to the culmination of effective efforts at the site.

Situated in southern Peru near the border with Bolivia, the Falchani project holds a unique position as the sole lithium project in the country. It strategically lies between major lithium producers like Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. Currently, the project awaits government approval for an early environmental permit study, underscoring its significance in the regional lithium landscape. Gasification-of-tires

American Lithium has tripled the estimated value of its Falchani lithium project, revealing a new valuation of $5.11 billion

European Market Witnesses Sustained Low Demand for MEG

The European monoethylene glycol (MEG) market finds itself entangled in a web of persistent challenges that stretch across the entire supply chain, presenting formidable obstacles for suppliers. The ongoing predicament is exacerbated by the confluence of high production costs and meager profits, creating a complex and demanding environment for those operating within the industry.  Gasification-of-tires

Traditionally, January heralds an uptick in demand, primarily fuelled by restocking activities in the antifreeze sector. However, the prevailing weak macroeconomic conditions cast a shadow of uncertainty over the trajectory of buying activities. This uncertainty, notably, extends its grip to the sales of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), thereby compounding the intricacies of the market landscape.

The packaging sector, a critical component of the MEG market, undergoes a transformative shift in dynamics, anticipating a reduction in packaging recycling needs. This shift is driven by the impact of reduced disposable income amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. A notable change in consumer buying habits further adds to the evolving narrative, characterized by a discernible trend toward “conscious purchases.” Consumers increasingly opt for bulk purchases of non-perishable essentials, driven by a desire for better deals and, consequently, necessitating less packaging. Meanwhile, the European Union’s (EU) food and beverage production, which includes contributions from the UK, is poised to witness growth of 1.3% in 2024. Gasification-of-tires

The negotiation landscape for MEG contract prices during the fourth quarter of 2023 posed substantial challenges. Reaching a compromise between sellers and consumers proved to be a time-consuming endeavor, exacerbated by varying expectations regarding discounts, volumes, and pricing mechanisms. Contract prices, reflective of these challenging negotiations, have experienced a notable decline, witnessing a drop of approximately 11% since the beginning of January 2023.

European Market Witnesses Sustained Low Demand for MEG

New paper-based packaging solution from SEE® can reduce plastic usage

SEE® has introduced a groundbreaking paper-based bottom web, the CRYOVAC® brand Barrier Formable Paper, as an innovative solution to address the growing need to reduce plastic consumption in packaging. Comprising 90% FSC® certified fibers, this new packaging material offers an impressive 77% reduction in plastic usage in bottom web packaging when replacing traditional PET/PE webs.  Gasification-of-tires

Aldo Galbusera, Senior Marketing Manager, Europe at SEE®, emphasized the industry’s shift towards sustainable packaging to meet circularity goals and consumer preferences for paper-based options. The Barrier Formable Paper is designed for compatibility with Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP) and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) top webs, catering to various packaging needs for fresh and processed meats, fish, seafood, cheese, and alternative proteins.

This innovative solution delivers on the renowned CRYOVAC® brand’s commitment to superior barrier protection, ensuring prolonged freshness, extended shelf life, and reduced environmental impact through minimized spoilage and waste. Aldo at SEE® highlighted the packaging’s appeal to sustainability-conscious consumers, featuring leak-proof seals for improved presentation and maintaining product quality.  Gasification-of-tires

The CRYOVAC® brand Barrier Formable Paper is available in white and kraft colors, compatible with CRYOVAC® brand Darfresh® vacuum skin films, and designed for easy integration with rollstock, thermoforming, and VSP equipment. Boasting a composition of 90% renewable fibers and 10% plastic, this bottom web can be recycled with paper, aligning with environmental responsibility standards such as Aticelca® 501 UNI 11743. The product’s attributes, including ease of opening and enhanced product aesthetics, aim to meet consumer demands for both sustainability and convenience.


City of Youngstown, Ohio, Adopts Moratorium on Pyrolysis and Gasification of Tires, Plastic, and Electronic Waste

Threats to Environmental Justice and Human Health Should Prevent Construction of SOBE Pyrolysis Facility

The city of Youngstown, Ohio, has adopted a one-year moratorium on pyrolysis or gasification or combustion of tires, chipped tires, plastics, and electronic waste in the city of Youngstown, Ohio. The city council voted unanimously on December 20, 2023; Mayor Jamael Tito Brown signed the bill on December 26, 2023; and it went into effect immediately on December 26, 2023.  Gasification-of-tires

The new local law establishes a moratorium on the construction and operation of any facility that converts — or attempts to convert — plastics, tire derived chips, tire chips, and/or electronic waste into fuel or feedstock through various conversion processes, including pyrolysis or gasification, for one year. The local law declared an emergency measure for the immediate preservation of the public peace, welfare, and safety.

“The moratorium on waste pyrolysis and gasification passed unanimously by the Youngstown City Council sends a strong message, echoing the concerns of Youngstown residents who are opposed to the proposed SOBE project.

The safety and environmental risks of waste pyrolysis are particularly troubling, and the facility’s proposed location adjacent to our downtown and vulnerable neighborhoods is not in alignment with our city’s comprehensive plan,” said Tom Hetrick, president of Youngstown City CouncilGasification-of-tires

“The 12-month moratorium gives the council the necessary time to evaluate safety concerns, analyze zoning issues, gather additional public input, prioritize environmental justice, and fully exercise the City of Youngstown’s local control over land-use decisions within city limits in order to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our residents.”



New Technology Enables Recycling of Used Clothes

When you go running in the woods in your running tights, elastane is the reason they fit you so comfortably. Elastane is an elastic material that allows the fabric to stretch and adapt to your body.

But when elastane fibres are mixed with cotton, wool, nylon or other fibres, as is the case in many clothes today, the clothes become almost impossible to recycle. It is extremely difficult to separate out the different fibres, and therefore the materials in the clothes cannot be recycled.  Gasification-of-tires

For this reason, clothes and other textiles are among the materials that we are the worst at recycling. Only about six per cent of clothes thrown away by Danish households are recycledIn comparison, 32 per cent of all plastic packaging is recycled in Denmark.

But this may change, says Assistant Professor Steffan Kvist Kristensen from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University. Together with a number of colleagues, he is behind a new technology that can separate out fibres in mixed fabrics.

“We’ve developed a method to remove elastane completely from nylon. We’re not quite there yet with cotton, because some of the cotton fibres are broken down in the process.




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