PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen 23-06-2021

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-Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly popular. Every year, more than 350 million tonnes are produced worldwide. These plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles – including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been extensively studied.

A team of researchers led by Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Professor of Ecological Systems Design, has for a first time compiled a comprehensive database of plastic monomers, additives and processing aids for use in the production and processing of plastics on the world market, and systematically categorized them on the basis of usage patterns and hazard potential. The study, just published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology, provides an enlightening but worrying insight into the world of chemicals that are intentionally added to plastics.

A high level of chemical diversity

The team identified around 10,500 chemicals in plastic. Many are used in packaging (2,489), textiles (2,429) and food-contact applications (2,109); some are for toys (522) and medical devices, including masks (247). Of the 10,500 substances identified, the researchers categorized 2,480 substances (24 percent) as substances of potential concern.

-Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics

-Institute cyclos-HTP certifies the recyclability of multilayer films  with polyamide 6

  • Multilayer films based on Polyethylene/Polyamide 6 (PE/PA6) are certified to be recyclable for the PE film stream
  • Basis for a review of the classification of PA 6 in the minimum standard of the German Central Packaging Registry

Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH has completed the series of tests commissioned by BASF SE to reassess the recyclability of polyamide 6 (PA6) in coextruded

polyethylene (PE) / PA6-multilayer film structures in post-consumer packaging

waste. The main result: Multilayer films based on PE/PA6 are certified to be recycling compatible for the PE film stream. This was analyzed for PA6

concentrations of up to 30 percent in original packaging films. This result is intended to form the basis for a review of the classification of PA6 in the “Minimum standard

for determining the recyclability of packaging subject to system participation pursuant to section 21 (3) VerpackG (Verpackungsgesetz – German Packaging

Act)” of the Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register). In the Annex 3 to this standard, PA6 is to date listed as an

“incompatible” component, for example, in the waste stream of the packaging group “film and PE-LD.” “We are pleased that cyclos-HTP has been able to develop a

scientifically sound basis for reassessment.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

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-Future of Australia’s flagship green hydrogen project in doubt after ruling

The Australian government has rejected plans for the world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia production facility amid grave concerns about the impact of the showcase project on protected wetlands and wildlife.

In a surprise move, Environment Minister Sussan Ley ruled that the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) “will have clearly unacceptable impacts” on precious flora and fauna in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Despite being awarded “Major Project Status” by the federal government in late 2020, the future of the multi-billion dollar scheme is now in doubt, with the various international companies involved in the proposals yet to respond.

The AREH includes 26GW of wind and solar generation, at least 3GW of generation capacity for Pilbara energy users and up to 23GW of generation for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Future of Australia's flagship green hydrogen project in doubt after ruling

-Clariant contributes to China’s carbon neutrality goal with innovative MegaMax® catalyst for CO2-based methanol synthesis

MegaMax series catalysts enable CO2-based methanol synthesis with high selectivity, activity, and longevity

The catalysts formulation can be readily applied to a wide range of plant types and technologies

CO2 to methanol reference tests showed high performance even under low pressures and temperatures  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Munich, June 21, 2021 – Clariant’s MegaMax catalyst series for CO2-based methanol production helps China reach its carbon neutrality target. Capturing and converting CO2 emissions is a cornerstone of the technology roadmap for addressing climate change. Synthesizing methanol from CO2 is a particularly valuable approach because methanol forms a building block for thousands of chemical products such as plastics, paints, cosmetics, and fuels — including providing an energy storage carrier for hydrogen.

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Clariant Catalysts, commented, “At Clariant, we are firmly committed to continuously improving our own sustainability performance, as well as that of our customers. Our continuous innovations – like CO2-based methanol production enabled by our MegaMax catalyst – will play a key role in helping customers in China and around the world considerably reduce carbon emissions, and achieve critical climate targets.”

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-The challenges of strong rPET demand

One PET reclaimer says high bale prices and Among difficulty hiring and retaining employees are among the challenges facing the industry.

Demand and pricing for a number of plastic scrap grades and recycled plastics have been increasing, fueled in part by reduced virgin supply arising from production issues. While a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reprocessor based in the Midwest says the current situation is challenging, “it’s better than where we were three to four years ago,” when demand was uneven. She adds, “I welcome the challenges we have now.”  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Among those challenges are rising bale prices and difficulty hiring and retaining employees.

The PET reprocessor says bottle bale prices have increased significantly in part because of insufficient supply of and growing demand for recycled PET (rPET) from brand owners. “I agree it needed to come up some,” she says of PET bottle bale pricing, “but not this quickly.”

Bill Keegan, president of material recovery facility (MRF) operator Dem-Con Cos., Shakopee, Minnesota, says PET bale pricing more than doubled in the first quarter of this year, as did pricing for polypropylene (PP) bales.

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-Ecolomondo turnkey tire recycling facility in Hawkesbury a showcase for company’s technology

The new Ecolomondo Thermal Decomposition (TDP) in Hawkesbury will be the first of its kind in the world when it begins operations scheduled for later this summer.

The new plant, located just east of Tupper Street, is equipped with the latest technology and will be the first automotive tire recycling facility which will be able to completely recycle all materials from end of-life tires. The plant will produce marketable end-products: oil, steel, fiber, recycled carbon black and syngas, and will be equipped to secondary process them to improve their quality.

“(The plant) is the first of its kind that will be able to not only decompose the waste, but process it as well,” said Eliot Sorella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolomondo Corporation, in an interview with The Review. “It will be the first tire recycling plant in the world that decomposes, processes and resells all of the products from the waste for re-use by industry.”  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The term ‘turnkey’ comes from the fact the facility is delivered from conception to commissioning, with four departments – tire shredding, thermal decomposition, recycled carbon black and oil refining – that process and recycle tires down to their core raw materials. When in full operation – expected to be in late August or September – the plant will employ approximately 40 workers. All of the processes are contained within the facility, which is designed to be both green and operate in a safe environment for employees.

Ecolomondo turnkey tire recycling facility in Hawkesbury a showcase for company’s technology

-Dilo to equip new Huafon Microfiber plant

Nonwovens machinery manufacturer Dilo has received an order from Huafon Microfiber Co. for three complete, high capacity needling lines with for its new plant in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China.

All three lines consist of DiloTemafa high capacity blending systems, DiloSpinnbau special card feeding systems and high capacity carding machines. The order also includes DiloMachines’ high speed crosslappers with special air-guide system for the best layering performance, as well as numerous DiloMachines needlelooms with Hyperpunch technology.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

According to Dilo, the Twinflow-system provides a homogeneous flock mat while the Webguide and 3-apron-layering system results in an excellent web quality with precise web edges. All lines are equipped with CV1 system for the best end product uniformity.

The lines will be shipped to Huafon in 2021.

Huafon Microfiber Co. Ltd was established in 2002 and is now one of the biggest producers of artificial leather made from sea-island fibre worldwide. The main applications of these high quality artificial leathers are shoe, automotive, glove, bags and sofas.

Dilo to equip new Huafon Microfiber plant

-BKG FlexDisc innovation to significantly enhance melt filtration for post-consumer PET recyclers

The BKG FlexDisc, an innovation that significantly enhances melt filtration in the recycling of post-consumer PET, has been selected to be a finalist in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe competition. The category in which it is shortlisted is “Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year.”  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Two to four FlexDiscs can be combined in a filter stack, providing filtration area far greater than is available with standard flat screens without increasing machine size or weight. It yields finer filtration, prolongs filter life, and reduces backflush volume.

Recommended for Bottle-2-Bottle recycling and rPET fibre production, the FlexDisc is designed for use with piston-driven backflush screen changers, such as Nordson’s HiCon V-Type 3G system.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2021 winners will be announced on November 5th during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.

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-Baystar to start up its new HDPE plant in Texas in Q1 2022

Bayport Polymers LLC (Baystar) plans to start up its new polyethylene (PE) plant in Pasadena, Texas in the first quarter of 2020, reported S&P Global.

The new plant with a production capacity of 625,000 mt/year of high density polyethylene (HDPE) is now under construction, which began in 2019. The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new unit had been awarded to McDermott, said the company on its site

It will use Borstar technology and more than double the company’s site’s PE capacity to 1.1 mt/year after the start-up.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

The HDPE plant in Pasadena will receive feedstock from Baystar’s cracker in Port Arthur, a joint venture of France’s Total and Austria’s Borealis, with a capacity of 1 million mt/year, which is in the progress of start-up at the moment.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s overall HDPE production totalled 653,500 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, up by 9% year on year. At the same time, only one Russian producer increased its HDPE output.

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-ETTLINGER ECO melt filters designed for higher throughputs in PET recycling

ETTLINGER has unveiled a new generation of tried-and-tested ECO products for use in PET recycling. Their new features take into account the need for systems with a higher product throughput and are initially available in sizes suitable for medium-sized recycling lines.

The new ECO 350 replaces the former ECO 250, while the new ECO 500, capable of achieving capacities of up to 4,000 kg/h, replaces the former ECO 250 Twin. The ECO 200 completes this range.

Ettlinger’s melt filter technology is based on the principle of self-cleaning with a continuous flow of melt from the outside to the inside of a rotating, perforated drum. A scraper removes the contaminants that are held back on the surface and feeds them to the discharge system.  PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen

Just like the ERF filters, which are designed for higher contamination, the new ECO filters also have a modular structure, thereby providing a wide range of options for adjusting the filter properties to the respective task.

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