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Ionic Solvent-based Recycling of Polypropylene Products

Objective

This project addresses the call topic CE-SPIRE -10-2018: Efficient recycling processes for plastics containing materials.

A method (ISOPREP) is proposed for recycling polypropylene (PP) products into virgin quality PP and hence reusable for the production of the highest grade PP products. The method exploits a novel ionic polymer solvent designed for highly tuned solubility of PP, patented within the partnership, with the key advantages/innovations:
(1) A performance identical to PP resin freshly manufactured from fossil sources
(2) Cost effective compared with producing PP from fossil sources
(3) Reduces the reliance of PP production on fossil resources
(4) Achieves a step reduction on life cycle emissions and energy compared with the use of fossil resources
(5) Is entirely closed loop with negligible loss of solvent per cycle and hence negligible emissions thus non-polluting
(6) The solvent is non-toxic and non-flammable in the process temperature range
(6) Removes dyes, colours and impurities
(7) Prevents sending end of life PP products to landfill and avoids them polluting both land and sea

PP is used in a huge variety of products such as automobile interiors, consumer goods packaging, electronics, construction materials, carpets and other home furnishings. The global PP market, accessible by the ISOPREP system, was estimated at €65bn per annum in 2017, totaling approximately 23% of the entire plastics market. Given the typically short life of PP products, only 1% of which are recycled, there is a great need to implement innovative and disruptive technologies to mediate this trend.

Although applicable to a wide range of products, the concept will be developed and demonstrated at pilot plant stage for recycling polypropylene carpet at TRL7, based on prior and patented knowledge within the partnership at TRL5.

Field of science

  • /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

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 659 976,25

Participants (9)

CENTITVC - CENTRO DE NANOTECNOLOGIA E MATERIAIS TECNICOS FUNCIONAIS E INTELIGENTES ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 625 500
Address
Rua Fernando Mesquita 2785
4760 034 Vila Nova De Famalicao
Activity type
Research Organisations
AXION RECYCLING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 170 450
Address
Unit 2 Tudor House Meadway Bramhall
SK7 2DG Stockport Cheshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 497 250
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 895 412,50
Address
Borough Road 103
SE10AA London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FLOTEKS PLASTIK SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 452 462,50
Address
Dosab Fulya Sokak 7
16245 Demirtas Bursa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROTAJET SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 465 473,75
Address
Unit 14 Flanshaw Way
WF2 9LP Wakefield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SABANCI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 721 250
Address
Orhanli Tuzla
34956 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 501 280
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIONIQS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 326 500
Address
776-778 Barking Road International House
E13 9PJ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)