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Development of extraction process for removal of pigments and additives for recycling of polymers

Objective

Production of PE in Western Europe alone is 13.5 million tonnes p.a. The scrap PE from this production is 15% scrap of which 35% is coloured; creating 709 000 tons of off-spec material. The price on off-spec PE is €1050/ton, indicating a European industrial waste PE recycling market €744M p.a. only in Western Europe. The annual production world wide of 60 mill. tons PE indicates a world wide market of €3,3 Bn. As of today, there is no technical solution available that has the ability to remove pigments and other selected additives from the recycled material. The prospect of a technology enabling removal of pigments and selected additives from scrap opens up a range of possibilities in terms of quality of, and applications for recycled material. In addition, it would have a large impact on the need for virgin material and thus, raw material consumption. The overall technological aim of the project is the development of a controlled supercritical fluid extraction unit that quickly and efficiently removes pigments and selected additives from waste polyethylene. Among the drivers are European Commission directives such as 2004/12/EC Packaging and packaging waste, in addition to the strategy on prevention and recycling of waste. Today, China is a large player on the scrap market, buying enormous volumes. China has reduced imports of virgin resin by importing recycled and scrap polymer, increasing the amount of domestic recycling. China is the world’s largest polyethylene customer, importing 5.65tonnes in 2005, which was well below expectations due to the imports of recycled and scrap polymer. By increasing quality and value of scrap material, less will be exported to China, forcing China to buy virgin at higher price, increasing the competitiveness of European Recyclers by producing recycled material of higher quality.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

PER HAAGENSEN AS
Address
Sundvollhovet
3535 Kroderen
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 402 506
Administrative Contact
Christian Bjarnholt (Mr.)

Participants (9)

ATECSOL SOLDADURAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 145 078
Address
Ctra Gral Km 2.5
39782 Gajano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrique Abad (Mr.)
PG INSTRUMENTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 550
Address
Alma Park
LE17 5BH Wibtoft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Earthy (Mr.)
PIDAB INSTRUMENTDESIGN AB

Participation ended

Sweden
Address
Alegardsgatan 1
43150 Molndal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Dahlén (Mr.)
PLASTICOS TORRIJOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 61 750
Address
Calle Banderas De Castilla 2
45500 Torrijos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emilio Parras Blanco (Mr.)
A-FAX LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 61 590
Address
Shay Lane Halifax Drake Industrial Estate
HX3 6RL West Yorkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luke Smith (Mr.)
Grønt Punkt Norge AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 82 850
Address
Karenlyst Allè 9A
0212 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eirik Oland (Mr.)
Nor-Tek Teknologisenter AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 15 633
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rune Nilsen (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 12 404
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Helleux (Mr.)
SAGA AUTOMATIZACION INDUSTRIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 183
Address
Oliva 22
45222 Borox
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Gonzalez (Mr.)