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PolyUrethane Recycling towards a Smart Circular Economy

Objective

Thermosetting Polyurethanes (PU) provide a unique combination of durability, light weight, high strength and flexibility to high value consumer goods and other applications. PU thermosets have grown to a global market of 50 billion €, ultimately resulting in high volumes of waste mostly disposed via landfill or incineration as the SOA of the recycling technology is limited. PUReSmart will bridge the gap between the current PU linear economy to a circular model by designing smart polyurethane materials that can be reshaped into new products with undiminished quality. PUReSmart will provide solutions for the identified three scientific-technological urgent needs that require conceptual breakthroughs:
1) Smart DESIGN of covalent adaptable polyurethanes (CAPU) to bridge the gap between thermosets and thermoplastics, thanks to thermally reversible bonds; these CAPU are reprocessable, similarly to thermoplastics.
2) Smart SORTING, using the unique spectroscopic fingerprints of conventional PU and smart building blocks to create a validated and cost effective PU sorting platform with high specificity and sensitivity; this enables driving CAPUs to reprocessing and PU to chemolysis.
3) Smart CHEMOLYSIS with mass balanced and minimized input of virgin chemicals, maximal purity and efficient isolation of the obtained building blocks resulting in full re-utilization of all obtained fractions for PU or CAPUs;
PUReSmart will integrate CAPU chemistry with monomers obtained by next-generation chemolysis processes, using well-sorted feedstocks, aiming at scalable industrial products (TRL 5) with social and economic value assessed by a Life Cycle Analysis for ‘cyclic’ PU.
The project encompasses a concerted effort of partners along the value- and revalorization chain: PU producers, producers of the building blocks, technology providers for physical sorting, and research institutions focusing on design of new PU types and on innovative chemolysis methods for existing PU types.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

RECTICEL SA
Address
Avenue Du Bourget 42
1130 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 214 803,75

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 700 112,50
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 064 400
Address
Kaiser Wilhelm Allee 60
51373 Leverkusen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WEYLCHEM INNOTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 536 568,75
Address
Alt Fechenheim 34
60386 Frankfurt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 408 318,75
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 589 358,75
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOINNOVAZIONE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 409 261,25
Address
Via Massimo D Azeglio 51
40123 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BT-WOLFGANG BINDER GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 866 250
Address
Wolfgang Binder Strasse 4
8200 Eggersdorf Bei Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 209 500
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)