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Integrated Catalytic Recycling of Plastic Residues Into Added-Value Chemicals

Objective

Approximately 70% of European plastic waste (18.5 mt/year) is not being recycled due to technical or economic reasons and are thus sent to landfill (27%) or incinerated (42%). This situation affects negatively the environment in terms of pollution and greenhouse gases emissions, as well as social perception regarding waste management, consumer’s products industry and policy makers.

iCAREPLAST addresses the cost and energy-efficient recycling of a large fraction of today’s non-recyclable plastics and composites from urban waste. Heterogeneous plastic mixtures will be converted into valuable chemicals (alkylaromatic) via chemical routes comprising sequential catalytic and separation steps. This multistage process will also yield carbon char and a pure CO2 stream as products, whilst it will present improved economic sustainability, operational flexibility and lower CO2 footprint thanks to (i) the energetic valorisation of gas by-products through innovative oxycombustion units integrated with efficient heat recovery; and (ii) the use of AI predictive control and real time optimisation. iCAREPLAST aims to demonstrate (TRL-7) the whole technology for plastic waste valorisation in a pilot plant able to process >100 kg/h of plastic. Advanced upstream waste sorting, pre-treatment and pyrolysis is strongly backed by previous demonstration activities and knowhow of the consortium, with profound knowledge of waste management and recycling market.

iCAREPLAST solution will enforce circular economy by substantially increasing the amount of recycled plastics to produce commodity products that can be used for virgin-quality polymers production or as raw materials for other processes in petrochemicals, fine chemicals, automotive and detergent/surfactants industries. As a result of its initial exploitation we will treat 250,000t of plastic waste which otherwise would have become landfill, converting it into 1,500t of alkylaromatics and 1,000t of aromatics.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-SPIRE-2018

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 973 090,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 360 000,00
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 445 750,00
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Braunschweig, Kreisfreie Stadt
IPOINT-SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 326 341,75
SME

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

Yes
Address
Ludwig-erhard-strasse 58
72760 Reutlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 139 860,75
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.

IPOINT-AUSTRIA GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 110 983,25
SME

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

Yes
Address
Ignaz-kock-strasse 10 Top 3
1210 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 47 564,25
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 368 125,00
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
 
BIOBTX BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 366 450,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Zernikelaan 1
9747 AA Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 157 050,00
Region
Noord-Nederland Groningen Overig Groningen
 
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 501 045,00
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 563 750,00
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KERIONICS S.L.
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 721 820,75
SME

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

Yes
Address
Calle Mariano Benlliure 1
46113 Moncada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 309 351,75
Region
Valencia/València Comunitat Valenciana
 
URBASER SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 1 769 687,50
Address
Cmno Hormigueras 171
28031 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 758 437,50
Region
Madrid Comunidad de Madrid