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Green mobile recycling technology for dirty (none-recyclable) plastic waste

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MobileRecycle (Green mobile recycling technology for dirty (none-recyclable) plastic waste)

Reporting period: 2016-08-01 to 2017-01-31

Plastic waste production has increasing tendency in long term period. Only 23% is used for energy production. European economy this loses a significant amount of potential secondary raw materials. Plastic waste also has a negative environmental impact and this is a global problem.
There are a lot of technical solutions on the market processing the plastic into oil: pyrolysis, catalytic depolymerisation, distillate depolymerisation and different ways of gasification.
The most sustainable from point of view of quality of end product – oil, electricity consumption and output as percentage of input is the distillate depolymerisation used by Leitner technology. The overall objective was to deliver on global market innovative, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for the elimination of plastic waste landfilling in line with the Europe 2020 strategy calling for 20% increase in energy from renewables and in line with Zero plastics to landfill by 2020 strategy calling for new recycling solutions for energy recovery of plastic waste.
Leitner company developed and tested in real environment unique small (required space is 24 m²), mobile (transportable by truck and 10 t crane), modular (basis equipment is a recycling unit + supplemental units, such as grinding mill, oil storage tank equipped with dosing equipment, generator for electricity and others easily connected/disconnected and immediately operable), energy and operation efficient and cheap technology for processing dirty waste plastic into oil/electricity. The technology is fully safe, automatic and unattended. Process gas produced during recycling process is suitable for immediate further usage (e.g. heating, etc.). Technological process is practically waste, noise and pollutant free, marginal emissions do not contain tar. Production of ecological oil in the amount of processing 99% of the incoming plastic waste, e. g. 1 litre of oil is produced from 1 kilogram of plastic waste, while consuming only 1kW of electric energy. The end product can be also electric power instead of alternative oil and then from 1 kilogram of plastic waste a litre of oil is produced and from oil through the generator is obtained 7 kWh.
The project is fully technically and economically validated and economically proven.
The activities of the project summarised in the feasibility study covered main areas:
1. Technical viability confirmation report
o Validation of the process gas utilization as an alternative heating source, i.e. validating the composition of emissions containing the process gas arising in the recycling process and the necessary changes to its composition so that the final gas is suitable for heating (gas composition must not chemically damage the catalytic converters/catalysts of the technologies it will be used for)
o Final verification of the heating temperature, cooling temperature, storage, transport, handling, pumping in order to improve its properties, followed by the subsequent streamlining of its usability in practice
2. Business Plan, Commercialisation Plan, Marketing Strategy
o General market review and identified market barriers
o Plastic waste processing, plastic to oil processing, competitive solutions, added value of the Leitner technology Sensitivity analyses on energy costs related to alternative fuel generated by the Leitner technology
o Market figures, analyses of growth market tendencies and market occupancy
o Risks and opportunities of the Leitner technology
o Marketing strategy and commercialisation plan
o Business plan
The activities of the Phase 1 resulted in preparation of the feasibility study. Both the technical and economic viability had proven the strong potential of the Leitner technology to be successful on the global market. According to the conclusions, Leitner company continues in commercialisation and preparation of the scale-up production through the SME Instrument Phase 2.