Waste4ME joined TUDelft YourCareer Week
TUDelft YourCareer Week took place on 16-19 May. Waste4ME joined this event to be able to meet talented students, PHDs and alumni who search for internship and job opportunities. In the frames of the event our CEO V. Toepoel conducted a workshop on on “Personal attitude and drive: how to use these to convince employers to choose you”, where he gave practical tips on self presentation, right motivation, personal attitude to the field of work, initiative and other qualities that young talents have to demonstrate in their CV's and during job interviews to have higher chances to be hired.
Besides that we met students for speed dates and CV checks during on campus day. We are happy to say that all available spots for having a talk with our company were taken and the interest in our company of those present was high. We had a productive day being able to get to know students who may join our team in the future. Besides that Vincent R. Toepoel had a chance to assist students with their practical questions regarding job/internship search and explain more about Waste4ME's activity.
Waste4ME participated in Procter & Gamble 2nd PSIC Sustainability Summit
On May 17-18 Waste4ME took part in the Product Supply Sustainability Summit at our Product Supply Innovation Center (PSIC) of Procter & Gamble in Kronberg, Germany. The Summit gathered suppliers, technical companies, R&D institutions and universities to discuss creation of future sustainable supply chains.
The program focused on a coordinated and systemic collaboration to find viable solutions to specific P&G problem statements on GHG emissions and water consumption since P&G has made a commitment of Ambition 2030 as well as to accelerate action on climate change toward net zero GHG emissions by 2040.
We presented our vision of solution for the named problematic and possible ways of development in the given conditions. It was a productive two days to build connections and set up further goals. We were happy to notice interest to our technology and opportunities for the cooperation.
PYROCHEM: Waste2Chem Innovation Cluster
There is an urgent and growing demand for circular raw materials. Recycling plays a crucial role in this. Not only are valuable raw materials reused, recycling can also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in production chains. In Europe only a third of plastic waste is recycled today; worldwide only 15%. The rest is incinerated, landfilled or ends up in nature. This has a negative impact on the environment, contributes to climate change, and creates high ecological and economic costs.
High-quality recycling using pyrolysis technology
Plastic waste that is currently unsuitable for recycling is often too polluted, such as agriculture foil, or consists of multiple layers such as bags for potato chips or coffee. In the Netherlands alone, we are talking about 629 ktons of plastic waste annually. At the moment this is incinerated, producing energy; a very low-grade form of waste processing.
There is a technology that can process contaminated plastic - but also other (biomass) waste streams - to a high standard: pyrolysis. By means of heating in the absence of oxygen, these waste streams are processed to circular or bio-based building blocks that the chemical industry can use to make new products. Pyrolysis technology is still under development, but successes have already been achieved, for example in the ‘Pyrolyseproeftuin Moerdijk’. The PyroCHEM project partners will now scale up the technology and further develop the value chain.
Demonstration plant and SME innovation cluster
The PyroCHEM project partners want to make the chemical industry more sustainable by optimising and scaling up the chemical recycling of plastic waste and the pyrolysis of other (biomass) residual flows.
In the PyroCHEM project, Waste4ME will be designing a demonstration plant with a capacity of 35 kilotons. In addition, the project partners create a Waste2Chem open innovation cluster. Here, SMEs can make use of the facilities of the PyroCHEM project partners on favourable terms and use the network in order to optimise their pyrolysis technology and work together on roadmaps towards market introduction. The partners of the PyroCHEM project want to chemically recycle 1 million tons of plastic into valuable raw materials every year from 2030 onwards. This will reduce 1.7 million tons of CO2-eq each year and save 550 kilotons of petroleum.
The partners in the PyroCHEM project are working intensively together to make West Brabant a Waste2Chem hotspot.
Port of Moerdijk is providing a location for the establishment of pyrolysis plants on a commercial scale, Waste4ME is creating a design for the pilot plant and testing five waste streams originating from waste processor Renewi. Van der Kooy is sharing its facilities and knowledge about recycling oils and fats. The Green Chemistry Campus makes the connection with the circular ecosystem in the region and provides a location for pyrolysis activities on a demo scale. The Brabant Development Agency (BOM) is developing the innovation cluster and Avans University of Applied Sciences is providing knowledge in the field of pyrolysis and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and involves students.
West-Brabant as Waste2Chem hotspot
West Brabant is ideally suited as a location for the PyroCHEM project. Here you will find knowledge, experience and facilities in the field of pyrolysis, excellent logistical connections and a large concentration of companies focusing on chemistry and recycling. This is how we work together in this region to create a resilient circular economy.
The PyroCHEM project has a value of €2.9 million and is made possible by the European Regional Development Fund and the province of North Brabant as part of REACT-EU.
For more information, please contact Connie Paasse, director of Green Chemistry Campus at firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 (0)6 12 27 49 55.
FRONTSH1P project is taking following steps
As we have already announced, Waste4ME joined large international FRONTSH1P project, which goal is to to turn the Łódzkie region (Poland) in one of the leading circular economy regions in Europe. The project is aimed on the green transition of the region towards decarbonization and territorial regeneration through four Circular Systemic Solutions, with Plastic & Rubber waste among those. Waste4ME, in particular, works on de-chlorination technology of the input waste streams and providing Lifecycle Analysis support of waste handling.
More information about the FRONTSH1P project you can find here.
To be updated on the project's news and to learn about latest milestones of the project follow this link.
Waste4ME present at the webinar "From plastic waste to new chemical products?
Are you interested in plastic recycling and want to know more about potential of the industry? Can chemical recycling offer an efficient way for plastic waste processing, when mechanical recycling is limited by the quality of the recycled plastic? On March 30, the Dutch Association of Process Technologists will hold a webinar where three experts discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding plastic recycling from technical and non-technical perspectives. In particular, Waste4ME's CEO Vincent Toepoel is one of the experts to present at the webinar. If you want to know more about the event and register, please, visit the following link: https://www.kivi.nl/afdelingen/nederlandse-procestechnologen/activiteiten/activiteit/van-plastic-afval-naar-nieuwe-chemische-producten
Waste4ME's progress in 2021
2021 was a year of further development for Waste4ME. We have kept our earlier progress and have increased it thanks to continuous improvement of internal operational, technical and financial processes in the company. Nevertheless this was also a year of challenges, reached milestones and continuing growth. We are happy to share this all here in the overview of 2021.
We believe that 2022 will be a year of changes and development for our company. Follow our news to always be up to date.
First results of PyroCHEM Park project to be presented soon
As it was already reported Pyrolysis Cluster was transformed into new consortium - PyroCHEM Park. The project united several entities which work in the field of green chemistry, chemical recycling, circularity of plastic waste. In the course of the project Waste4ME represents chemical recycling solution for plastic waste. We conduct a number of tests with life cycle analysis to prove feasibility of the technology. The results to be presented in the nearest time during our special public event in a webinar. More information on date and program of the event will be published soon.
Waste4ME joins FRONTSH1P project
We are happy to announce that Waste4ME became a part of the large international project FRONTSH1P, supported by the European authorities. The project was just launched in Łódzkie region in Poland and is designed for 4 years. The essence of the project is to turn the region in one of the leading circular economy regions in Europe. This implies development and building of the sustainable waste infrastructure, including waste recycling plants. The role of Waste4ME is developing de-chlorination technology of the input waste streams and providing Lifecycle Analysis support of waste handling.
This week our team has attended first introductory event in Poland, where we met our new partners, discussed the future tasks, regional circular economic approaches and the replication strategies in the four circular systemic solutions. More information is coming soon.
PyroCHEM Park will follow up Pyrolysis Cluster
PyroCHEM Park will be a supporter of Pyrolysis Cluster (Moerdijk). This was announced yesterday by Jayand Baladien, commercial director of Port of Moerdijk. New PyroCHEM Park provides opportunity to process 1 million tons of waste plastics annually via pyrolysis into new raw materials for chemicals and materials. On the base of this new project entrepreneurs will be able to work on their technology on a pilot scale for five years. A total of 30 ha is now available for commercial activities. The partners in the new PyroCHEM Park in Moerdijk are Avans, BOM, the Green Chemistry Campus, Van der Kooy and Waste4Me.
More information will be available soon.
Annual report of Waste4ME is now public
Waste4ME accomplished its work on the annual report 2020 where focused on the development and main achievements of the past year.
It was an extraordinary year for everyone, we were getting used to live in the new society following new rules and encountering limitations. Flexibility, under these new conditions, was one of the main prerequisites to ensure successful business operation. Due to the COVID-19 regulations we had to manage our internal and external processes in the best possible manner to keep them running smoothly. It was of the highest importance for us that the company continued its development and reached claimed targets. And now we can state with confidence that Waste4ME found its way to improvement. We focused not only on the maintaining existing capacities but also made steps forward in the research of our own waste treatment method, market demands and financial components. Thanks to our amazing team we made good progress towards our goals and keep on following this route.
Hereby we would like to present Waste4ME’s main achievements of the year 2020.
Online conference "Chemical recycling of end-of-life plastics"
On February 11 we held an online presentation “Chemical recycling of End-of-life plastics” dedicated to the business case of processing of plastic waste stream under DKR350 category.
Waste4ME accomplished chemical recycling demonstration and comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for such waste and shared the results. During sessions Waste4ME BV Director Vincent Toepoel, Head of Research Valentin Contin, engineer Thomas Baert - Waste4ME specialists who directly participated in the work on the project – described technical, ecological and economic aspects of the business case.
It is not a secret that DKR350 waste usually is not seen as valuable material, that is why we wanted to prove that it still has use and its processing can bring positive effect. Presenters told about advantage we can get of such waste and its economical and manufacturing value. Since the core of Waste4ME business is chemical recycling we focused in our research on whether this way of waste treatment is a viable solution and what benefits it has comparing to other waste treatment solution (landfilling, incineration, mechanical recycling). Thus during the conference we discussed technical prepositions and conditions of the business case, measurements conducted, the gas analysis and technical characteristics of the output (oil, gas, char), Life Cycle Impact Assessment, calculated performance of DKR350 waste plastics.
We also shared our plans for the future, areas for continuous innovation, market dependencies and potential quantities of waste treatment by WER unit.
The full video of presentations and slides are available and will be sent to those interested upon the request.
Waste4ME participated in Week of the circular economy
On February 2, director of Waste4ME BV Vincent Toepoel presented at the Week of the Circular Economy together with other participants of Pyrolyse Proeftuin Zuid Nederland. He spoke about the progress our company achieved in the last few years and plans for the future. As Waste4ME is growing it is also important that we continue technology deployment. We keep on conducting tests and managing contracting flows that can be used as input waste and output oil.
Our goal is to reach 1 million ton of cracker feed in 2025. For this purpose Waste4ME currently focuses on establishing of a new factory in Moerdijk which will allow us to process up to 35 kiloton of waste per year and reach the route to 1 million ton.
Later Waste4ME plans to build larger factories to expand potential of chemical recycling. Meanwhile we will research opportunities of processing of specific waste flows, which are not yet eligible for chemical recycling. The full video is here.
Waste4ME joined TechnologyCatalogue.com
Waste4ME joined TechnologyCatalogue as a technology supplier, showcasing our technology of WER unit, including its specifications and use conditions. Information about WER unit is now visible to all global users of TechnologyCatalogue.com and partner portals for the UK, Australia and The Netherlands. We are happy to display our unit to those who are interested in our solution and welcome everyone to check and share our page by the following link https://www.technologycatalogue.com/product_service/waste-energy-recycling-wer-unit.
ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certificates were issued
Waste4ME successfully obtained its ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certificates that confirm high quality management and environmental system standards implemented in the company. Comprehensive examination of the company's business processes, quality level of services, applied internal practices regarding cooperation with third parties, and ecological impact were conducted by DEKRA Certification BV. As a result Waste4ME was issued with the certificates to prove its high working standards and minimal negative effect on environment.
Waste4ME accomplished LCA for End-Of-Life alternatives applied to household plastic waste
Waste4ME accomplished comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for End-Of-Life alternatives applied to household plastic waste. The specific of this type of waste was that it is a rejected stream of waste which was previously treated by means of mechanical recycling and is destined in majority of cases to be incinerated or landfilled. However those two options are not always fully sufficient regarding both waste management technics, lost profit and environmental protection. In the process of work we were estimating pyrolysis potential, comparing to incineration and landfilling, in treatment of such waste.
One more important goal of the research was to define environmental impact and impact to human health of using these waste treatment technologies, their advantages and disadvantages comparing to each other.
Conducting an LCA is also a legal requirement under LAP3 in order to justify one's choice of waste treatment technology. That is why this research is aimed to be used, among others, as an official proof of pyrolysis feasibility in the given conditions.
As pyrolysis is quite broad technology that gives different output we studied its three options:
- The pyrolysis from which the pyrolytic oil output is of no value and thus must be treated in chemical treatment facilities. In this scenario the gas can be used for electricity generation and the heat produced from generating electricity and from the flue gas is recovered. The metals from the pyrolytic ashes are not separated but considered to be equivalent to virgin metal with significant loss in quality;
- The pyrolysis from which the pyrolytic oil output is considered as low quality Heavy Fuel Oil. In this scenario the excess pyrolytic gas can be used for electricity generation and the heat produced from generating electricity and from the flue gas is recovered. The metals from the pyrolytic ashes are not separated but considered to be equivalent to virgin metal with significant loss in quality;
- The pyrolysis from which the pyrolytic oil output is considered as low quality Heavy Fuel Oil. In this scenario the excess pyrolytic gas is considered of naphtha quality. The metals from the pyrolytic ashes are not separated but considered to be equivalent to virgin metal with significant loss in quality.
Regarding incineration and landfilling we used data for the incineration of mixed domestic plastic waste in a typical Dutch waste incineration plant and from which heat is recovered and electricity is generated. The landfilling was used as a worst case scenario. The landfilling site is considered to include gas treatment, leachate treatment, sludge treatment and deposition. For defining pyrolysis results we applied data of the test conducted on our Waste Energy Recovery unit.
The results given following the impact assessment methodology are most interpretable and conclusions can be drawn from the so-called endpoint area of protections, expressed as damage to human health, damage to ecosystems, and damage to resource availability. They show that the environmental performance of the pyrolysis scenarios are overall higher in terms of environmental benefits. For example, assessing damage made to human health, pyrolysis shows proof of better environmental impacts with the exception of pyrolysis type, described above as a first option. This is mainly due to the oil being seen as waste to be treated and its subsequent process emissions. However, when it comes to the damage to ecosystems as well as damage to resources availability, the different pyrolysis scenario are all showing positive, or avoided impacts on the environment. Since incineration also uses a more efficient energy recovery than landfill, it also shows, to a lesser extent, avoided damage to the environment but still has non negligible impact on climate change and freshwater consumption compared to the three pyrolysis scenario. It was found that the landfill scenario do not show any positive impact on the environment when treating the plastic mix. Finally, as expected, the scenario involving Heavy Fuel oil recovery and gas as recoverable naphtha has the most avoided impact to resource availability.
Thereby, as the result, LCA shows that rest stream valorization technologies, be it incineration or pyrolysis have some impact on human health, due to exposure to the pollutants emitted during the energy conversion and recovery. On the other hand, clear benefits arise from the use of the pyrolysis technology, since these alternatives allows for avoided damage made to ecosystems. The pollutants being emitted, the extent of energy and material recovery allows for significant environmental benefits compared to the scenarios of landfilling and incineration.
Waste4ME plans to provide consulting services
Waste4ME is a team of professionals who have expertise in different fields of environmental, technical, administrative and legal studies. And we would like to implement this knowledge into consulting services, assisting our customers in their particular cases. That is why Waste4ME plans to provide advisory products on waste management. At this moment we are working on development of qualitative approach to such topics as end of waste status, proving circularity, eco-labeling, conformity to environmental product declaration, proving green businesses etc. Together with LCA, which we already can conduct, it will become a full package of business support services. More info will come soon.
Waste4ME participates in PRIMA project
Already for few months Waste4ME has been participating in Pyrolyse Recycle Initiative for Mattresses project (Pyrolyse Recycle Initiatief voor Matrassen - PRIMA). The goal of this project is to research the opportunities of mattresses recycling by means of pyrolysis and prove its business and ecological advantages over other types of mattresses treatment. More information and details are given in this article.
WRITTEN ABOUT US
The progress, reached milestones and projects of Waste4MEare illustrated in the articles below. You can trace our way of development through the years and see what we have already accomplished.
De WER, een schone zaak - article of Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands about Waste4ME's technology and project for the Defense Materiel Development Committee on waste treatment methods for the remote areas - 2015
Financiële steun voor pyrolyse cluster in Zuid-Nederland - article of Port of Business on financial support from the European Regional Development Fund for Pyrolysis cluster - 2016
The search for winning combinations - article of Agro&Chemistry about potentials of the Pyrolysis testing ground in Moerdijk - 2017
Pyrolysetechnologie maakt van afval waardevolle eindproducten - article in Vakblad Asset Management magazine about potentials of waste-to-energy and waste-to-oil technologies of Waste4ME - 2019
Waste4Me ontwikkelt standaard werkmodel “Meten, testen en proefdraaien in plaats van emotionele argumenten” - article of Agro&Chemistry about pyrolysis and Waste4ME's technology - 2019
Waste4ME Energy from Waste (Class C3 Chemical Recycling) - article of SophSys BV about Waste4ME technology
Waste4ME - article of Recycling Nederland about Waste4ME's technology - 2020
Waste4Me - Pyrolyse proeftuin Port of Moerdijk - video of Circular Biobased Delta with explanation of Waste4ME's project in Pyrolysis testing ground in Moerdijk - 2021
Pyrolyse Proeftuin Zuid-Nederland - video of Circular Biobased Delta from the Week of the Circular Economy 2021 with interview of V.Toepoel - 2021
Netwerkbijeenkomst Pyrolyse: Van afvalplastics naar ‘groene’ grondstof - article of Circular Biobased Delta about pyrolysis for waste treatment solution - 2021