Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries 30-01-2023
Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
Petrochemicals – PX-PTA-PET – rPET
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-Chemically Recycled Plastics Hitch a Ride in Auto Applications
Business intel firm IDTechEx explores markets where chemically recycled plastics have a growing foothold.
Chemical recycling of end-of-life plastics has its champions and its critics. IDTechEx does not believe advanced recycling solutions are the much-promised silver bullet, nor does it think they have no role to play in a circular economy. As pyrolysis and depolymerization projects ramp up, one question is where the recycled material will be used?
IDTechEx has published a new report — “Chemical Recycling and Dissolution of Plastics 2023–2033” — replete with company appraisals, technology analysis, and independent market forecasts. The report profiles six main areas looking to adopt chemically recycled products. Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
Overall, IDTechEx forecasts that pyrolysis and depolymerization plants will recycle more than 20 million tonnes/year of plastic waste by 2033.
One key application area, according to IDTechEx, is the automotive industry. There are two aspects to the role of chemical recycling: First, making use of automotive shredder residue (ASR), and second, generating recycled plastics that have properties capable of replacing fossil-based incumbents. Automotive-grade resins have been launched by the likes of Sabic and Repsol and projects involving USCAR and Eastman, JLR and BASF, and others in this space. In terms of those further along toward commercialization, in 2022 Audi announced a seatbelt buckle for the Q8 e-Tron in collaboration with LyondellBasell, while Mercedes-Benz put into series production a door handle that uses pyrolysis oil from end-of-life tires developed with Pyrum and BASF. Expect to see several more announcements in 2023 and beyond.
Although less reported, an emerging opportunity lies in the electronics space, mainly for polycarbonate (PC) or PC/ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) blends. Electronic devices are like every other industry in facing pressure to incorporate more recycled material, but much like clothing, consumer-facing premium brands can also benefit from promoting their sustainability credentials. Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
Mechanically recycled PC is known to be commonly incorporated, although sourcing-related challenges often surface. Several emerging examples of PC derived from pyrolysis oil exist, including materials from Lotte Chemical and Sabic.
-Equipolymers continues to keep the load of PET production in Germany reduced
Swiss company Equipolymers continues to keep loading at its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Skkhopau, Germany, reduced, Polymerupdate reports.
According to market sources, the load at the plant with a capacity of 335 thousand tons per year was reduced in November 2022 amid a decrease in production margins.
Earlier it was reported that in 2021, Equipolymers carried out prevention at the PET plant in Schkopau in October. Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
According to the ScanPlast review, in January-November 2022, the estimated consumption of PET in Russia amounted to 758.69 thousand tons, which corresponds to consumption for the same period a year earlier. Compared with November 2021, total estimated consumption increased by 4% and amounted to 78.77 thousand tons against 75.44 thousand tons last year.
Equipolymers is a joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company and Dow Chemical Company. Both companies have a 50% stake in Equipolymers. The company manufactures and sells PET as well as terephthalic acid (TPA). The head office of the company is located in Zurich, Switzerland. The company has the production of PET and TPA in Ottan (Italy), as well as two PET production facilities in Schkopau (Germany).
-Cabot to invest in component for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries
The company plans to invest approximately $200 million in U.S. conductive carbon additives over the next five years, with plans to add 15,000 metric tons of capacity in Texas to meet needs of electric vehicle lithium-ion battery applications.
Cabot Corporation plans to add conductive carbon additives (CCA) capacity in its Pampa, Texas facility to be used in lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles.
The US government announced numerous grants and loans to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, helping the country on its path to carbon neutrality by 2050. This includes $8.1 billion in grants and $25 billion of loans specifically to produce low or zero-emission vehicles or batteries. Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
-2022 PET bottle chip market review
In 2022, the extent of industry prosperity of China PET bottle chip was still high, and the average spot processing spread was around 1500yuan/mt. Export increment was more than 1 million tons, but China domestic demand began to show negative growth.
Price: rushed up first and then fell down
PET bottle chip price rushed up first and then fell down as a whole in 2022, and market price continued to rise compared with 2021.
According to CCFGroup statistics, trading price for water bottle chip averaged at 8167.76yuan/mt by cash EXW and $1101.55/mt FOB Shanghai in 2022, respectively rising 19.6% and 11.7% year on year. Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
-Imperial Oil to invest USD539 mln for renewable plant in Canada
Imperial Oil Ltd said on Thursday that it plans to invest CD720 mln(USD538.64 mln) to construct a renewable diesel facility near its Strathcona refinery at Edmonton, Canada, said Reuters.
The facility will use low-carbon hydrogen produced with carbon capture, storage technology and locally sourced feedstock, the Canadian oil major said.
Imperial said the project, first announced in August 2021, would produce 20,000 barrels of renewable diesel daily, while the production is expected to start in 2025.
The company, which has a deal with Air Products and Chemicals Inc for low-carbon hydrogen supply, said it is looking for third parties for bio-feedstock supply.
We remind, Canada will ban the manufacture and import for sale of single-use plastics in an effort to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. The ban covers single-use plastics including checkout bags, cutlery, food service ware, ring carriers, stir sticks and straws, the federal government stated in a news release published on June 20. Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
-Vecoplan enables plastics recycling cleaning trials at demonstration facility
Many sectors of the plastics industry are consequently undergoing a transition. The aim is to increase the recycling rate and use the advantages of plastic in such a way that no damage is caused to the environment.
“We’re seeing an increasing demand for high-quality plastic recyclates,” says Martina Schmidt, head of the Recycling and Waste Division at Vecoplan AG. “Many manufacturers are introducing closed cycles because it gives them direct control.”
Now, in a contribution to closed-loop recycling, Vecoplan is offering additional processing options. “Plastics recycling at a suitable level of cleanliness is becoming increasingly important,” says Schmidt. “By offering this to our customers, we can give them even greater support. At the end of the process chain, they get a material that is ready for the extruder.” Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
At its new technology centre in Neunkhausen, Vecoplan has installed a demonstration and test facility called the Cleanikum, which covers some 600 square meters. The test facility can run cleaning tests with film waste and thin-walled hard plastics made from polyolefins like LDPE, HDPE, and PP. The facility features a new combination of machines for cleaning plastic and processes it to yield high-quality extrudable flakes that can find use in the manufacture of consumer goods, packaging, and cosmetics.
“Our approach is purposely different from conventional solutions,” says Martina Schmidt. “Our developers have optimized the processing method to provide better cleaning quality while reducing energy and water consumption.”
Vecoplan’s Cleanikum process
The Cleanikum test centre demonstrates the systematic use of cleaning and separation technologies that help to cut back on the use of energy and water. Post-consumer waste can be cleaned in a cold or hot process and with or without lye – depending on the degree of contamination and the quality requirements for the recyclate. The combined demonstration and testing facility is able to handle polyolefins in the form of plastic film or used bottles.
-Topsoe enters agreement with Steeper Energy to introduce complete waste-to-biofuel solution
Topsoe and Steeper Energy, a developer of biomass conversion technologies, signed a global licensing agreement for a complete waste-to-fuel solution. The agreement combines Topsoe’s technologies in renewable fuels and hydrogen production as well as decades of experience in engineering with Steeper’s proprietary Hydrofaction technology and industry know-how.Recycled-Plastics – Lithium-batteries
With the agreement, Topso e will be able to provide a complete waste-to-fuel technology solution and at the same time a one-stop solution for refineries, project developers, and industries having access to excess waste biomass. The end-products include Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), marine biofuel, and renewable diesel from waste biomass.
Steeper’s Hydrofaction has been validated through various stages of continuous pilot and demonstration-scale plant operations over the past 10 years. With this agreement, the parties are working towards the first commercial scale deployment of Hydrofaction technology.
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