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New products from waste PVC flooring  and safe end-of-life treatment of plasticisers

New products from waste PVC flooring and safe end-of-life treatment of plasticisers

Objective

CIRCULAR FLOORING aims to enable circular use of plasticized PVC (PVC-P) from waste flooring by developing recycling processes that eliminate plasticizers including hazardous phthalic acid esters (e.g. DEHP). We will demonstrate the project results via production of highquality recycled PVC at TRL 5-6, reprocessing of eliminated plasticizers to new phthalate-free plasticizers and re-use of recycled polymers and additives in new flooring applications. Waste flooring will be subjected to the CreaSolv® Process, which dissolves PVC-P from the material mix and eliminates undissolved matter as well as co-dissolved plasticizers in an extractive purification step (>99%). Pure PVC is recovered from the solution and solvents will be reused completely in the process. Using a controlled catalytic reaction, extracted phthalate ester plasticizers will be converted completely (> 99%) to harmless compounds with plasticizing properties. Together with tailor-made additives, both recovered products are integrated in novel PVC flooring designed for circularity. Chemical and mechanical product analysis, process simulation, LCA, SEA, and business modelling will support process development, upscale and product design. The approach addresses exactly the scope of the call because (i) innovative solutions are developed for removing undesirable substances from secondary raw materials, (ii) removed plasticizers and additives pose health or environmental risks and would adversely affect the quality of the recycled materials and (iii) the hazardous compounds are handled safely and destroyed completely. Addressing the 500.000 t PVC flooring market with recommendations on design for recycling and novel circular materials produced at TRL 5-6, the expected impact on the flooring value chain will be substantial. An interdisciplinary team of 4 RTO, 6 industrial partners (3 SME) and 1 non-profit company will finally implement the new circular economy approach into the PVC flooring industry.

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 995 832,50

Participants (10)

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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 730 500

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 461 250

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 265 347,50

THINKSTEP AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 240 625

EUROPEAN RESILIENT FLOORING MANUFACTURER'S INSTITUTE VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 572 181,25

VINNOLIT GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 393 800

CHEMSON POLYMER-ADDITIVE AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

LOBER GMBH & CO. ABFALLENTSORGUNGS-KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 37 500

BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 383 228,25

AG PR ARBEITSGEM PVC BODENBELAG RECYCLING

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 147 503,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821366

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

H2020-EU.3.5.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 387 768,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 387 768,25

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany