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Second generation Methyl MethAcrylate (MMAtwo)

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.

Coordinator

HEATHLAND BV

Address

Arkansasdreef 8
3565 Ar Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 596 933,63

Participants (12)

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ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 152 375

THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS EUROPE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 817 310,38

COMET TRAITEMENTS SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 235 252,50

CENTRE DE RESSOURCES TECHNOLOGIQUES EN CHIMIE ASBL-CERTECH

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 670 000

ECOLOGIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 93 750

QUANTIS

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 311 062,50

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 621 250

AKG GAZBETON ISLETMELERI SANAYI VETICARETCARET AS

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 153 961,50

SPEICHIM PROCESSING

France

EU Contribution

€ 226 619,75

DELTA GLASS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 166 250

PROCESS DESIGN CENTER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 479 062,50

AYMING

France

EU Contribution

€ 140 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820687

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 927 432,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 664 702,76

Coordinated by:

HEATHLAND BV

Netherlands