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Second generation Methyl MethAcrylate (MMAtwo)

Objective

PolyMethylMethAcrylate (PMMA) is a well-established polymer for its optical properties. Although PMMA can be turned back into its monomer, the technology has limited applications. Currently what is collected and reprocessed are mostly production scraps, which is about 10 % of the annual PMMA production but a much larger amount of recyclable product is available. On a world scale basis, 10 % of post-industrial scraps and the equivalent of 10 % of post-consumer products represent a potential of a Billion € market. The MMAtwo project main objective is to construct a novel and fast growing PMMA recycling value chain through depolymerization and recovery of a monomer grade sold at 90 % of virgin MMA price. MMAtwo targets to reduce the energy needs by more than 70 % and the CO2 emissions by more than 60 %. To achieve its objective, MMAtwo integrates representative players along the value chain. During the project, PMMA will be collected from production scraps, but also from End-of-Life vehicles, Electronics goods, construction…. The lead-free depolymerization process will be validated at TRL7 enabling the possibility of a first commercial unit soon after the end of the project. A versatile purification process will be validated through repolymerization of the produced monomer. MMA grades produced will be validated in several optical and non-optical applications. The inorganic fractions from PMMA composites will also be valorized. The project will establish standards for post-consumer and post-production PMMA based products in order to facilitate the recycling. Training and education activities will be organized in order to prepare the next generation of Engineers and Researchers in the field of closed-loop polymer recycling. The new value chain will benefit to the entire PMMA industry, as post-production and post-consumer products will be collected and processed by and independent company servicing the major PMMA producers and their customers.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-SPIRE-2018
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

HEATHLAND BV
Address
Arkansasdreef 8
3565 AR Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 602 985,13

Participants (13)

ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 1 152 375
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 817 310,38
Address
Friedrichstr 19
40217 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMET TRAITEMENTS SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 235 252,50
Address
Rivage De Boubier 25
6200 Chatelet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE DE RESSOURCES TECHNOLOGIQUES EN CHIMIE ASBL-CERTECH
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 670 000
Address
Rue Jules Bordet Zone Industrielle C
7180 Seneffe
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLOGIC
France
EU contribution
€ 93 750
Address
15 Bis Avenue Du Centre
78280 Guyancourt
Activity type
Other
QUANTIS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 311 062,50
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 621 250
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AKG GAZBETON ISLETMELERI SANAYI VETICARETCARET AS

Participation ended

Turkey
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Kemalpasa Caddesi 6170/1 Sokak 7 Isikkent
35070 Izmir
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPEICHIM PROCESSING
France
EU contribution
€ 226 619,75
Address
Allee Des Pins Parc Industrielle De La Plaine De L Aln
01150 Saint-vulbas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DELTA GLASS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 166 250
Address
Deltaweg 4
4691 RX Tholen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROCESS DESIGN CENTER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 479 062,50
Address
Catharinastraat 21F
4811 XD Breda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 140 875
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DELTA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 147 910
Address
Via Grazia Deledda 3
62010 Montecassiano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)