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PLAST2bCLEANED: Good on track in its half project period

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PLAST2bCLEANED has already achieved the milestone of its two years of life and, to celebrate that it still has two more years ahead, partners presented the main goals of the period.

252 samples were analysed from three Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment fractions using the RAMAN spectroscopy equipment. Studies on the influence of additives as well as colour/additives in the fluorescence effect were performed.

Dissolution experiments of reference samples to test separation of components were carried out, and its dissolution conditions were validated on sorted samples.

Density separation tests along multiple approaches were performed for the antimony trioxide removal, and several tests were held as well for brominated flame retardants and High Impact Polystyrene and Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.

In terms of process design, good additive removal rates have been achieved with reference samples.

Progress was also made in plant concept and design as well as on pilot unit dissolution.

Activity on the performance testing of process and continued as well as on the environmental and economic assessment and dissemination tasks.



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PLAST2bCLEANED part of the presentation Next-generation recycling processes for Plastics containing Flame Retardants in automotive as part of a circular economy.

On June 23 to 25, Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL Group attended the International Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC 2021) showcasing PLAST2bCLEANED’s state-of-the-art technologies.

In the presentation (copyright ICM AG), Lein presented the project scope and results obtained so far.



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On June 15-16, ACHEMA 2021 had the opportunity to know more about the PLAST2bCLEANED progress scope and milestones achieved so far.

On behalf of the consortium, Sebastian Reinhardt, Research Scientist at Fraunhofer ICT, presented the project process steps, dissolution of polymers, antimony, and polymer recovery, as well as the hot crossflow filtration.

ACHEMA is the World Forum for the Process Industries where manufacturers and service providers from over 50 countries present their products for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech research and manufacturing, as well as energy and environmental services.


Successful first intermediate report for PLAST2bCLEANED

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The project is on the right track! Regarding the pre-sorting process: our RAMAN spectroscopy equipment is set-up and calibrated and a spectral library is in place.

Over 18 months, the consortium members TNO and Fraunhofer ICT performed over 300 experiments on the different steps of the process.

Model and reference Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment materials supplied by the project partners were used to test the efficiency of antimony trioxide and brominated flame retardants removal from the polymer as well as recovery of these two additives.

The analysis showed that the removal of additives is well underway to reach specifications. A Process Flow Diagram (PFD) was drawn based on the best results of the individual steps. This PFD will be the basis of the design of the technology readiness level (TRL) 5 set-up at Fraunhofer ICT.

Likewise, an impact assessment showed a better environmental performance and reduced costs can be achieved by using a blend with at least 50% of Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) compared to using 100% virgin material.


PLAST2bCLEANED webinar: quick assessment of SoC

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Last October 9, PLAST2bCLEANED held an internal webinar as part of work package 4 Performance testing of process and products, led by Coolrec.

During the session, the PRE-1000-1 method was presented by Patrick de Kort, Regulatory Affairs Manager for Plastics Recyclers Europe and author of the method and was later discussed among partners.

This method represents a quick scan to assess and quantify the presence of substances of concern (SoC) in a recycled plastic. It is a considerable step forward to close the regulatory gaps mentioned in the project literature about limitations, barriers, and standards for using recycled polymers.


PLAST2bCLEANED celebrates its first anniversary of research!

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For two days, June 23 and 24, the PLAST2bCLEANED consortium partners were reunited in an online meeting to discuss about the achievements to date and the next foreseen actions.

Gaiker, company responsible for the preprocess: sensing and sorting, presented, among other points, the equipment they are using in the laboratory, already set up and calibrated: the RAMAN spectrometers.

TNO, as leaders for the Process development: dissolution and recovery, explained that they have already defined the reference samples; they have established the experimental procedure and recovered products analysed​ and they also investigated the first filtration characteristics.

From their part, Fraunhofer ICT is just starting with the Process system integration and scaleup expected from this month 12.

Coolrec, as leaders of work package 4 related to performance testing of process and products, explained that they have established  the procedure for X-ray fluorescence: sampling and testing​, their chemical analysis was chosen for the assessment of different parameters as well, and the target for upgrade defined.

Regarding the environmental and economic assessment, also carried out by TNO, a first screening life cycle assessment was performed.

Sustainable Innovations was in charge of presenting the advancement in terms of the Key Performing Indicators established at the beginning of the project for dissemination and they also organized a workshop to explore the possible exploitation routes and target markets.

Finally, TNO presented the updates regarding the management and coordination of the project and the status of the ethics requirements.

Juchheim, ICL Group, Electrolux, and Elix Polymers also participated actively in the discussions as consortium partners.