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5May

TNO VISITS FRAUNHOFER FACILITIES TO DISCUSS THE PROGRESS ARCHIEVED AT THE PLAST2bCLEANED PLANT

by Plast2bCleaned

On April 25, TNO visited Fraunhofer facilities to discuss the progress obtained at the plant. The visit was aimed at exploring advancements in the PLAST2bCLEANED Project.

During the visit, TNO representatives were given a tour of the Fraunhofer installations, including the laboratories and research centers. The researchers from Fraunhofer provided detailed insights into the latest developments in their respective fields, highlighting the most recent technologies and innovations and what has been achieved so far.

For TNO, it was a great opportunity to learn about the progress in the recovery unit of PLAST2bCLEANED, among other tasks, and explore potential collaborations with Fraunhofer in the coming future.

25Apr

PLAST2bCLEANED’s April Newsletter available for consultation

by Plast2bCleaned

Are you interested in knowing more about our latest achievements, events we attended and other exciting news? Then, check out our latest Newsletter. We have compiled all the information about the milestones we have achieved, the events we attended and much more.

With this Newsletter, you can stay up-to-date with all our activities. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get the latest updates!

3Apr

FRAUNHOFER ICT PRESENTS PLAST2bCLEANED AT ELECTRO-PLAST 2023 CONFERENCE

by Plast2bCleaned

On March 28, PLAST2bCLEANED attended the Electro-Plast 2023 conference organised by Nortal Consulting, a business consultancy specialising in the polymer and plastics industry, to discuss everything that makes up the supply chain, held in Düsseldorf (Germany).

During the conference, Dr. Ronny Hanich-Spahn Scientist at Fraunhofer ICT, gave a presentation entitled Challenges and opportunities of recycled plastics in household appliances, including the performance of PLAST2bCLEANED technologies.

The conference was chaired by Mr. Noru Tsalic, a polymer and plastics industry professional.

FRAUNHOFER ICT presentation is available here.

31Mar

CAMPINE visited ICL Group facilities in Israel to discuss common activities within PLAST2bCLEANED

by Plast2bCleaned

Campine, PLAST2bCLEANED’s antimony recovery expert visited ICL’s (bromine recovery leader) facilities in Israel, including the plastics laboratory where the testing for PLAST2bCLEANED is carried out.

The objective of Campine’s visit was to continue the cooperation between the two entities so that brominated flame retardants (BFR) and antimony trioxide (ATO), different types of components, become part of the circular economy and keep working on the PLAST2bCLEANED project. Throughout the project, Campine contributes to delivering plastic material with identified bromine and antimony trioxide content and ICL supports the project as advisor about the use of brominated flame retardants and the technology to finally recovery the bromine.

On the other hand, Campine and ICL managers met and discussed about the progress in the recovery of chemicals, antimony, and bromine.

3Jan

Approved the PLAST2bCLEANED’s demonstration pilot

by Plast2bCleaned

The plant that was built in a technology readiness level 5 of the project (that means demonstration pilot) at the site of Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal, Germany, was approved in February 2023 and will provide a kilogram scale of recycled Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in addition to recovered bromine and antimony fractions, all components of waste electric and electronic equipment. 

This purified ABS will then be further processed and tested by other partners (ELIX Polymers and Electrolux) shortly. 

This brings PLAST2bCLEANED closer to demonstrating that environmentally safe and economically viable recycling of antimony, bromine and polymers is possible.

13Dec

AMI conference – Fire Resistance in Plastics hosts PLAST2bCLEANED

by Plast2bCleaned

On November 29, ICL as partner responsible for the bromine recovery within PLAST2bCLEANED, gave a presentation at the AMI conference – Fire Resistance in Plastics celebrated in Cologne, Germany.

Eyal Eden, Plastic Lab and Technical Support Manager was in charge of the speech entitled Sustainable Fire Resistance systems for Styrenics in which PLAST2bCLEANED goal and current status were showcased.

ICL presentation is available here.

11Nov

PLAST2bCLEANED participates at the NONTOX project final event

by Plast2bCleaned

Esther van den Beuken, Principal Consultant Circular Plastics at TNO and PLAST2bCLEANED coordinator, had the chance to showcase the project progress at the NONTOX project final event on November 10.

NONTOX project is a combination of multiple recycling technologies to recycle hazardous plastic waste generated from Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE), End of Life Vehicles (ELV) and Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW). The unique combination of mechanical and chemical recycling technologies imparts several techno-economic benefits over single conventional methods.

3Oct

ICL presents PLAST2bCLEANED at the VALBREE conference

by Plast2bCleaned

Last September 28, Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL and partner responsible for the bromine recovery within PLAST2bCLEANED, showcased the project at the second VALBREE conference.

During the venue, Lein gave the presentation entitled Development of innovative recycle technologies for flame retardants with challenges and opportunities, including how PLAST2BCLEANED technologies work.

VALBREE is an Interreg project addressing the waste electric and electronic equipment recycling containing brominated flame retardants, an objective shared with PLAST2bCLEANED.

11Aug

Testing and Scale-Up Efforts at Fraunhofer ICT: Achieving Optimal Performance

by Plast2bCleaned

PLAST2Bcleaned’s testing and scale-up efforts at Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal, Germany, are progressing well.
After the solvent-based purification method has through laboratory testing and trials, a pilot plant is built to enable scaling up and advancement of PLAST2bCLEANED.

In the pilot, three loops (ABS, bromine, and antimony), will be closed while testing Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) polymers incorporating brominated flame retardants and antimony trioxide.

14Jun

PLAST2bCLEANED at the Life Cycle Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimisation conference

by Plast2BeCleaned

On June 9, PLAST2bCLEANED attended the Life Cycle Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimisation conference held in Cetraro Calabria (Italy).

On behalf of the consortium, Spela Ferjan, LCA Expert on Circular Plastics at TNO, presented the speech and poster Life cycle impacts of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) plastics recycling within the PLAST2bCLEANED project at the round table entitled Emerging Technologies.

If you missed the opportunity to attend the event you can check Spela’s presentation and poster here and here.