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Magnetic Sorting and Ultrasound Sensor Technologies for Production of High Purity Secondary Polyolefins from Waste

Objective

The European consumption of plastics increased from 24,6 Mtons in 1993 to 39,7 Mtons in 2003 and its growth rate exceeds that of the economy as a whole. At the same time, polymer recyclers and manufacturing industries have a problem buying feed materials and secondary polymers of sufficient volume and quality, as a result of the pull of China and India on all raw material resources. The alternative of using more primary plastics has a range of environmental impacts and needs more resources (about two kg oil for one kg plastic). The polymer resources in complex wastes, such as WEEE, household waste and ASR (ACEA: 7.5 million tons of shredder residue in the EU17 in 2002), are largely unused, because of the problem to produce high-purity products from such sources at acceptable costs. Today just one million out of 14 million ton polyolefin’s yearly sold in Europe is being recycled. W2Plastics aims to develop cost-effective and clean technology based on Magnetic Density Separation (MDS) and Ultrasound process control to recover high-purity polyolefin’s from complex wastes. A substantial effort is spent on making the new technologies fit in between the state-of-the-art technology of waste processors and the demands of the compounding and manufacturing industries by defining standards and best practices as well as effective quality-control tools (hyperspectral imaging). The integrated set of technologies and standards aims at changing the status of complex wastes to a resource of high-purity polyolefin’s for a wide range of industries. The development of such technology is in line with the European legislation (COM/2001/0031, 99/31/EC, 2000/53/EC, 2002/96/EC, 2003/108/EC) aiming at fostering the development environmental friendly technologies to reduce the environmental impact of human activities, to protect the environment, to minimize depletion of resources and to promote at the same time) business opportunities and improved competitiveness of European industry and SMEs

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 741 237
Administrative Contact
Maarten De Groot (Mr.)

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 194 090
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silvia Serranti (Dr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 195 840
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hanne Lindholm (Ms.)
UNIVERSITATEA TRANSILVANIA DIN BRASOV
Romania
EU contribution
€ 111 590
Address
Bdul Eroilor 29
500036 Brasov
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liana Sanda Baltes (Dr.)
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 590
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Merce Calvet (Ms.)
BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 151 840
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mária Csiki (Ms.)
AKG POLYMERS B.V.

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 162 183
Address
Kalkwijk 5
7681DV Vroomshoop
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Groeneveld (Mr.)
BAKKER MAGNETICS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 22 069
Address
Science Park Eindhoven 5502
5692 EL Son
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacco Wiersma (Mr.)
RECYCLING AVENUE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 200 210
Address
Rotterdamseweg 145
2628 AL Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Otto Norbert Fraunholcz (Dr.)
ALCUFER IPARI KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 190 018
Address
Meszaros Lorinc Utca 13
9023 Gyor
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jenőné Rigó (Ms.)
S.C. Urban S.A.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 64 910
Address
Str Carol I 30 Bl D6 Parter
240174 Ramnicu Valcea Jud Valcea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolae Daniel Ceausescu (Mr.)
OLDELFT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 163 910
Address
Rontgenweg 1
2624 BD Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruud ‘t Hoen (Mr.)
DV SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 180 660
Address
Viale Dell Industria 64
35129 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Dall'ava (Dr.)
REDOX WASTE RECYCLING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 184 625
Address
Stevinstraat 11
7102 DZ Winterswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaas Hofstra