Recycling

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The total annual production of plastic waste in Europe reached approximately 29 million tons in 2018. Plastic waste is valuable raw material as it is produced from fossil resources and consists of long chains of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.

When plastic waste is separated into individual types of plastic such as PE, PP, PA, broken down into particles the size of rice grains and put into the plasmalysis process, elemental carbon and a gas phase are generated in which two species, methane and hydrogen, dominate, depending on the temperature. By adding nitrogen as a carrier gas, all high molecular hydrocarbon compounds are split into hydrogen and carbon.

The hydrogen can be used directly for CO2-free heat and power generation in hydrogen CHP units or SOFC fuel cells. The solid carbon is a valuable auxiliary material for industry and is used for asphalt, concrete, cement or soil improvement, for example. This enables long-term removal of CO2 from the cycle and is therefore exempt from the CO2 tax.

Would you like to learn more about the many possible applications of plasmalysis in waste management? We would be happy to advise you on individual adaptations.

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