Launch of the new European Project on Chemical Recycling DEMETO

Launch of the new European Project on Chemical Recycling DEMETO

DEMETO: modular, scalable and high-performance DE-polymerization by MicrowavE TechnolOgy

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The new European project on chemical recycling DEMETO is officially launched. DEMETO aims at enabling chemical de-polymerization of PET at industrial scale based on its microwave-based process intensification, focusing as a start on coloured bottles waste.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 768573.

During its kick-off event at the end of September in Brussels, the consortium welcomed around 60 experts from the PET packaging and polyester industry and gave an insight into the DEMETO project, its technical foundation, economical aspects and role in a circular economy.

"DEMETO proposes the industrialisation and demonstration at full-scale of a new industrial process which allows to chemically recycle PET bottles, food containers and even textiles in a highly profitable and environmentally sustainable way," explained Maurizio Crippa, CEO of gr3n, during the event.

The core technology of DEMETO has been invented by his company gr3n to enable an effective process intensification of the depolymerisation reaction (hydrolysis) of plastic, from bottles as much as from any other source, leading it back to its building blocks (EG and PTA) and, consequently, allowing their full re-introduction directly at the virgin-grade production stage.

"DEMETO’s technology, once successfully implemented, would allow to close the recycling loop for PET, with a potential impact on environment and society at large that would be enormous, introducing the concept of full circular economy in the plastic domain," added Franco Cavadini, CTO of Synesis.

The business exploitation strategy of DEMETO is based on a synergistic relationship between two industrial stakeholders: gr3n, as the manufacturer of the Reactive Units, and Processi Innovativi, as EPC contractor that builds the full-scale de-polymerisation plants. gr3n will supply Processi Innovativi with all the reactors needed to realise these plants required to cover progressively the total available market.

Presentations

All presentations of the DEMETO kick-off event are attached for download.

Consortium Partners

The complete DEMETO Consortium includes ACTOR, DTUEuropean Outdoor Group, European Plastics Converters (EuPC)Fricke and Mallah GmbH, gr3n, H&M, NEOGROUP, Processi Innovativi, PETCIA, SUPSI, Synesis, and 3V Tech.

Contact

For more information about the project and partners, please visit the DEMETO website here: www.demeto.eu.

For getting into direct contact with us, you can send an email to info@gr3n-recycling.com.

About DEMETO

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 768573.
Call identifier: H2020 – SPIRE-09-2017 
Project Start Date: 1st of September 2017

The value chain of PET is quite complex. It consists of several steps that are linked in cross-sectorial interactions involving multiple companies across the European and worldwide market. It is at the end of that life cycle that DEMETO proposes its innovative technology: the first feasible and sustainable (economically, environmentally and socially) industrial application of chemical treatment for reuse of PET/Polyester waste streams. Thanks to a process intensifying approach based on innovative usage of microwave radiations, DEMETO’s recycling technology will provide an indefinite life to PET, allowing to come back to its composing elements (Ethylene Glycol, EG, and Terephtalic Acid, PTA) without degrading the materials and, consequently, paving the way for a disruptive, large-scale circular economy for plastic products.

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