Sustainable polymers – BASF Secures Long-Term Access to Bio-Based 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) through QIRA 23-09-2023
Pyrowave Introduces Nanopurification Technology: A revolutionary short-loop chemical recycling innovation to remove toxic additives and contaminants in plastics
On the sideline of the Chemical Recycling Europe Forum 2023, Pyrowave is proud to introduce its revolutionary Nanopurification Technology. Applied to plastic waste, this technology operates at the molecular level to remove contaminants from polymers with perfect control on purified resins. It specifically addresses a challenge faced by most plastic waste recyclers including advanced recycling: the presence of contaminants in plastic waste and in pyrolysis oil.In a world grappling with the growing concern of plastic pollution, one of the limiting factors caping the scaling of plastic recycling is the inability to secure feedstock compatible with level of purity required in end applications. Notably, a recent United Nations report has highlighted the challenges of handling hazardous chemicals present in plastics – additives and contaminants that represent major concerns to human health and the environment. Sustainable polymers
Pyrowave’s solution offers a plastic waste pre-treatment to purify the resins that can be used in advanced recycling methods sensitive to contaminants, or directly into final applications. This breakthrough approach has the potential to expand the range of recyclable plastics, including plastics with various contaminants and additives such as heavy metals, inorganic pigments, halogens, and flame retardants.
“We cannot sit and do nothing as the plastic pollution crisis escalates and the recycling rates are barely improving”, says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. ”As a pioneer of this industry, we are addressing the key challenge limiting the scaling of advanced recycling techniques by providing a groundbreaking nanopurification technology that will be driving real change for a cleaner, healthier planet.’’ says Jocelyn Doucet, Co-founder and CEO, Pyrowave. Sustainable polymers
Revolutionizing recycling: How Nanopurification Works
Pyrowave’s nanopurification methodology draws inspiration from pharmaceutical purification technologies, capitalizing on the significant size disparity between polymers and most additives found in the compounds. The technology tables on the large difference in size and solubility to separate additives from polymers using the most advanced nanofiltration membranes. Unlike conventional dissolution methods reliant solely on solubility, Pyrowave’s patent-pending technology enables simultaneous removal of various contaminants, all while maintaining meticulous control over the endpoint. It results in a process that is simpler, tailored to our clients’ specifications, more energy efficient and economical.
Pionneering a Greener Future
To debottleneck the access to plastic feedstock, Pyrowave standardizes the material upstream to be compliant with most advanced recycling process. In addition, the purified product can also be used directly in end-applications. Pyrowave has successfully demonstrated this technology by decontaminating polymers and supplying high-quality recycled plastics to industries requiring strict compliance, including food-contact applications. Sustainable polymers
The innovation can be used as a stand-alone to purify various plastic waste feedstocks or as a pre-treatment upstream of its microwave depolymerization process, for example.
Powered by electricity, Pyrowave’s new technology is low-carbon with approximatively 95% GHG emissions reduction compared to the virgin production of resins, and produces 100% traceable resins. Pyrowave’s solution enables higher recycling rates, less harmful substances in the environment and less GHG emissions than needed to produce virgin plastics. Pyrowave’s innovation holds the promise of reshaping the plastic recycling landscape by addressing head-on the pressing environmental issue of toxic contaminants in plastics.
Backed by over 10 years of experience, Pyrowave is eager to collaborate with like-minded partners to build a sustainable and circular economy that maximizes the value of plastic waste. Reach out today to learn more about Pyrowave’s nanopurification technology.
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BASF Secures Long-Term Access to Bio-Based 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) through QIRA
BASF has inked a significant agreement to secure enduring access to QIRA bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from Qore LLC, a joint venture between Cargill and HELM AG.
This collaboration solidifies BASF’s commitment to sustainability, with Qore set to manufacture bio-based BDO at Cargill’s cutting-edge biotechnology campus and corn refining facility in Eddyville, Iowa. QIRA, the brand under which Qore produces this bio-based BDO, is derived through the fermentation of plant-based sugars sourced from field corn. It will match the quality standards of fossil-based BDO, maintaining identical specifications.
QIRA is an ideal drop-in solution, facilitating a rapid and seamless transition for the industry towards more sustainable alternatives, as noted by Jon Veldhouse, CEO of Qore: “By switching to QIRA, the product carbon footprint (PCF) can potentially be reduced by up to 86% compared to fossil-based BDO.” Sustainable polymers
Through the adoption of QIRA, BASF gains the ability to manufacture BDO derivatives with a lower PCF than their fossil-based counterparts. Furthermore, BDO derivatives based on QIRA exhibit equivalent physical and technical properties compared to those originating from fossil-based BDO. Commercial quantities of these bio-based products are anticipated to be available in the first quarter of 2025.
Teknor Apex relaunches Terraloy sustainable polymers
Responding to market demands for sustainable compounds, Teknor Apex is relaunching its Terraloy brand in a dedicated effort to build up a portfolio of products that will meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing industry.
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The portfolio will include polymers, additives and fillers covering a broad range of sustainable attributes such as recycled, bioderived, and biodegradable content. As the portfolio evolves, it will include credible products with verifiable carbon footprint and LCA data. Sustainable polymers
Back in 2015, Teknor Apex received two awards for the Terraloy technology: the “Innovation in Bioplastics Award” from SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association; and the “Bioproduct Innovation of the Year Award” from Ohio State University’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center. It was this same year that the United Nations created a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet: The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals, supported by Teknor Apex initiatives, promote a global partnership to improve health and education, reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth – all while addressing climate change and working to preserve our environment.
“As a company that participates in many plastic recycling initiatives and sustainable activities, we are keenly focused on our mission of people and our planet being at the centre of our purpose. Sustainable polymers
‘Mass balance is of utmost importance’
In its ‘Let’s talk about Chemical Recycling” series, the Plastics and Rubber Machinery division of the German VDMA association talks to experts and stakeholders active in the chemical recycling space. In response to skeptics about the technology, Markus Klatte, founder and Managing Director of Arcus Greencycling Technologies GmbH would like them to realise that ‘only with all the technologies at our disposal will we be able to complete the massive transformation to a circular economy’.
“Considerably more fossil oil would be consumed without mass balance,” he said.
Mr. Klatte, Arcus commissioned an industrial plant for chemical recycling at the beginning of the year. What are its unique qualities?
By utilising our technology, we can produce a pyrolysis oil from strongly mixed plastic waste that also contains polymers such as PVC, PET, ABS and many others.
We process the plastic waste the way it arrives from a waste sorting plant or from partners in industry. We are looking to recycle everything that would otherwise go into incineration. When the material is processed by our pyrolysis, unwanted contaminants such as chlorine or titanium dioxide are separated and put into a sink. Sustainable polymers
Condensable gases and non-condensable vapours are then produced in the gas phase. The condensable gases eventually become the pyrolysis oil. We operate our combined heat and power unit with the filtered, non-condensable gases, which renders our technology virtually energy self-sufficient. In the long run, there will also be a secondary market for residual materials; however, a lot of research still needs to be done in this respect.
With an annual capacity of 4,000 tonnes, it is quite a small plant.
Through our demonstration plant in the Frankfurt-Höchst Chemical Park, we can offer proof that industrial use works. We are still conducting a lot of tests. There are 650 measuring points at our plant that provide data, for example on energy requirements. In addition, the purpose of the plant is to test material flows that have not yet been researched, and to determine what can be recycled and what cannot.