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Recycling plastic waste into high-value materials- Closing the Loop

Objective

Globally 359 million metric tons of plastic were produced in 2018 and Europe produced 17% of this amount. In the same year, 29.1mio tons of plastic waste was generated in the EU and only a third was recycled. While sorted and pure plastic waste can be recycled relatively well, a major problem is recycling of unsorted waste, which still holds a large share of valuable carbon feedstock but is currently either landfilled or energetically valorised, i.e. incinerated, both producing greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions instead of recovering the precious carbon feedstock contained. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop new technologies that can not only valorise unsorted plastic but also other waste in large amounts to yield material streams that can replace fossil material streams. One promising technology to recycle unsorted heterogeneous plastic waste is pyrolysis. While the low to medium temperature pyrolysis (400C) produces mainly liquid oil that needs to be fed into the furnace of the steam cracker unit (at higher temperature than 900C) to produce olefins, with our proposal, at high-temperature pyrolysis (<850C) syngas stream (light olefins rich) is fostered and could be integrated downstream the furnace of the steam cracker. However, the use of high-temperature pyrolysis for plastic waste recycling has not yet become an industrial practice since gas treatment and integration present a great challenge.
Plastics2Olefins project will address this challenge - it will design, build, and run a demonstration plant for recycling of unsorted plastic waste at Repsol's plant Puertollano (Spain), which will be digitalised and run on 100% renewable (electric) energy.
The project estimates to reduce the lifecycle GHG emissions by 70-80% compared to incineration and existing plastics recycling processes providing an important contribution to the EU reaching climate neutral by 2050 and set a pathway for commercialisation of renewable plastic feedstock replacing fossil fuels.

Coordinator

REPSOL SA
Net EU contribution
€ 3 054 600,00
Address
Calle Mendez Alvaro 44
28045 Madrid
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 2 036 400,00

Participants (12)

Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

REPSOL QUIMICA SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 6 220 125,00
Address
Calle Mendez Alvaro 44
28045 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 4 146 750,00
E.T.I.A. - EVALUATION TECHNOLOGIQUE INGENIEURIE ET APPLICATIONS SA
France
Net EU contribution
€ 2 082 885,00
Address
Carrefour Jean Monnet
60201 Compiegne

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Hauts-de-France Picardie Oise
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 388 590,00
TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 1 559 925,00
Address
Avenida De Burgos 89 Complejo Adequa Edificio 6
28050 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 039 950,00
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 429 086,00
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,25
PREZERO ESPANA SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 1 610 537,00
Address
Calle Albarracin 44
28037 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 073 692,00
ARTTIC INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 174 000,00
Address
Oskar-von-miller-ring 29
80333 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 116 000,00
LAFARGEHOLCIM ESPANA SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 422 070,00
Address
Avda De Manoteras 20 Edificio Tokyo 1 Floor
28050 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 281 380,00
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 232 705,00
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 384 025,00
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SMART INNOVATION NORWAY AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 759 062,00
Address
Hakon Melbergs Vei 16
1783 Halden

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,50
SCG CHEMICALS COMPANY LIMITED
Thailand
Net EU contribution
€ 61 500,00
Address
1 Siam Cement Road Bang Sue District
10800 Bangkok

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 41 000,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 94 375,00
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real

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Region
Castilla-La Mancha Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00