Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen 15-01-2021
Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
Crude Oil Prices Trend
TOMRA and Borealis have announced the operational start of their advanced mechanical recycling demo plant in Lahnstein, Germany, the result of a partnership that marries chemistry with technology for unsurpassed results.
Volker Rehrmann, Executive Vice President and Head of Circular Economy at TOMRA, said: “This plant is just the beginning of what’s possible when key players in the value chain come together to make a truly significant impact in the market. Having just launched the new Circular Economy Division, it is clear what a large role waste management and pivotal projects like this have on moving towards a sustainable future. We are proud to have initiated one of the most advanced mechanical recycling plants when it comes to post-consumer polymer waste. This will become an important enabler as we accelerate the transformation to a circular economy in the years to come, and we are excited to be a part of this pioneering project.”
Plastic recycled in the UK could increase by 3.5 times by 2030, the British Plastics Federation (BPF) has said in its 2021 Recycling Roadmap.
The roadmap estimates that plastics recycling could increase 3.5 times with the right factors in place Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
The report by the BPF, published yesterday (12 January), highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to reduce the reliance on exporting plastic waste for recycling and to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill by 1% by 2030.
It suggests that the UK could eliminate reliance on low quality exports of plastic waste in the next ten years, and in doing so, more than halve the amount of plastic waste being exported.
In addition to investment in UK recycling systems, the report calls for there to be the same plastic waste collection schemes across all local authorities, such as the kerbside collection of plastic film, increases in the use of recycled material in new products and better communication to the public about what can be recycled.
“From ‘no-plastic’, the conversation has moved to ‘know-plastic’, where we need to understand plastic better to use it more responsibly,” says Vikram Baid, Director of Vinayak Polycon International, a plastic processing company. This sentiment was reflected in many initiatives launched by India Inc. and the Indian government in recent times, but got partially diluted by COVID-19 and the consequent high use of plastic equipment to prevent infections. There’s another dimension, too. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
“COVID dealt a blow to the recycling industry at the grassroots level,” says Atul Sud, president of WECARE, an industry association focused on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and plastic waste management (PWM). “The rag-pickers remained most vulnerable to the pandemic with their lack of safety and health benefits and awareness.”
Despite this derailment, the movement against plastic pollution in India has not halted because of steps taken by the country against plastic use and the import ban on plastic scrap in 2019. Companies, too, are doing their bit, including plastic users such as sports gear maker Adidas as well as plastic generators and processors such as petrochem giant Reliance Industries (RIL) and packaging major UFlex.
European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry, has elected a new board with François de Bie of Total Corbion PLA as its chair.
The new Board of European Bioplastics (L-R): Paolo La Scola (Novamont), Patrick Zimmermann (FKuR), François de Bie (Total Corbion PLA), Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks), Lars Börger (Neste), Jean-Marc Nony (Sphere), Erwin Lepoudre (Kaneka) and Michael von Ketteler (BASF SE, not in the picture)
EUBP’s new Vice Chairpersons, Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks) and Lars Börger (Neste), will lead the association’s continuous support towards achieving a circular economy. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
De Bie said: “It is a pivotal time for our industry as the European Union is serious in developing from a linear to a circular economy. This provides us with a unique opportunity.
Chemicals output in the 19-country eurozone rose by 1.6% in November, month on month, the EU’s statistical office Eurostat said on Wednesday, with growth slowing after a resurgence of the coronavirus.
All the major chemical producing countries posted lower growth in chemicals output during November. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
In the wider 27-country EU, chemicals output rose by 1.5%.
In November, some European countries reimposed lockdown measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and the restrictions have become stricter in December and January.
The measures, however, have mostly affected the services sector and industry across the eurozone has fared better this time than in the first wave of lockdowns which were imposed in the second quarter of 2020.
Design and realization of synthetic enzymes open up an alternative to natural photorespiration Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
Photorespiration is a highly energy consuming process in plants that leads to the release of previously fixed CO2. Thus, engineering this metabolic process is a key approach for improvement of crop yield and for meeting the challenge of ever-rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Researchers led by Prof. Dr. Tobias Erb from the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology have now succeeded in engineering the TaCo pathway, a synthetic photorespiratory bypass. This new-to-nature metabolic connection opens up newpossibilities of CO2 fixation and the production of value-added compounds.
All life is dependent on the fixation of CO2 through plants. However, enzymatic efficiency of natural photosynthesis is limited, setting a boundary on agricultural productivity and CO2 fixation.Photorespiration is a detoxification process in plants that recycles a toxic by-product of photosynthesis, 2-phosphoglycolate. Photorespiration is highly energy consuming and leads to the release of previously fixed CO2, thus further curbing the photosynthetic balance.
Memorandum of understanding for a joint venture, which will develop algae photobioreactors capable of capturing CO2 by biomimicry Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
Strengthened by their feedback following a five-year partnership, and to address the growing climate emergency, SUEZ and FERMENTALG, a key French player and expert in the research and bio industrial exploitation of micro-algae, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the creation in the first half of 2021 of a joint venture, equally owned, which will develop algae photobioreactors capable of capturing CO2 by biomimicry.
In addition, this major innovation will enable the development of circular loops, notably by producing products that can be used in the fields of biocontrol, nutrition and animal health.
Carpet fiber producer Aquafil has traveled a long and multidirectional journey since its founding in Italy 50 years ago in order to make its own polymer at scale—and to do it sustainably. In building its business model, it’s taken on roles from manufacturer, to recycler, and now has added the role of collector. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
It was about a decade ago that Aquafil began creating product from would-be waste, which meant traveling to more territories in search of recycled feedstock. The company has gone as far as the Philippines and Africa and has established headquarters in North American carpet-making hub Atlanta. It’s forged into the West Coast and in December 2020 bought Arizona-based Planet Recycling to get ahold of more scrap in that state as well as in neighboring California.
Through the deal inked with Planet Recycling Aquafil will now add to its assets three collection and sorting facilities: two in Arizona and one in California, boosting its used carpet supply in this region, and as well as augmenting its existing nylon 6 feedstock stream for its plant in Slovenia where it goes into Aquafil’s brand, ECONYL, made from nylon, textile scraps, industrial plastic, fishing nets and old carpets.
Engel is now also selling the standard hydraulic injection molding machines produced by its Chinese subsidiary Wintec in Europe. The two-platen large-scale machines manufactured in China are thus available worldwide. The move to Europe is justified with the good price-performance ratio and the increasing need for quickly available machines for manufacturing products with a short life cycle. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
Wintec has been producing high-quality injection molding machines for standard applications in Changzhou, China, since 2014. In the six years of its existence, the company has established the brand very well, first in Asia, later in the METAI region (Middle East, Turkey, Africa, India) and since 2018 in the American markets. With the expansion into Europe, the Engel Group is consistently developing its two-brand strategy.
New biobased materials pop up everywhere these days. On the basis of organic materials, often processed with modern chemical technologies. They seem to be able to substitute many fossil-based and mineral materials. Just a few of these innovations.
Natural materials from local resources Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen
One portfolio of new biobased materials that drew our attention was developed by the Columbian company Fiquetex. These materials are made from the fique plant and the rubber tree. Both plant and tree are autochthonous to Colombia. The fique plant grows in the Andes Mountains and the rubber tree is originally from the Amazon basin. Fiquetex’s patented non-woven textile materials are all biodegradable. They can be applied in many markets, like packaging and vegan leather for the automotive and shoe industry. The company’s founder Alejandro Moreno lived in Great Britain for a long time, where he witnessed that on the one hand there is much talk of a circular economy; but that on the other hand nothing much is done about the on-going plastic pollution. He developed materials produced from local Columbian resources, that are sustainable, renewable and above all, compostable. Among his first products are carrier bags and ‘the world’s first shoe made with 100% natural materials.’ Ready to be marketed.
Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen