The utilization of waste polymers is in the focus of waste management. Only in the EU more than 25Mt polymer wastes are generated in each year. The long term sustainable utilization of waste polymers is an unsolved problem; however there are some possibilities for their further handling. One of the most prospective ways for plastic waste utilization is the so called chemical recycling. During the chemical recycling (pyrolysis) of polymer and biomass wastes, their carbon frame is destructed, producing valuable products. E.g. hydrocarbons for refinery or petrochemical plants, chemicals, carbon nanotube, electricity, etc. could be produced by waste pyrolysis.
The main aim of this RISE project is to develop and maintain long term collaborations between Universities in the EU with China and Australia. This collaboration covers 140 person months of structured staff exchanges to innovate next generation advanced thermal processing of wastes. The pyrolysis technology allows flexible processing of waste plastics to selectively target and produce high value products - hydrogen, carbon nanotubes, chemicals or gasoline. Partners in China and Australia have expertise in novel advanced thermal processing of wastes developed to pilot and demonstration scale and emerging catalytic technologies coupled with green chemical processes, respectively. The staff exchanges will provide outstanding knowledge transfer and career development for the experienced and early stage researchers.
This project will provide an innovative and economic recycling technology concept for European municipalities, waste management companies and SME’s. The EU partners plan exploitation of the technology through spin-out companies and industrial partnerships. Also, the input of advanced technologies into the traditionally low technology waste processing industry will provide the opportunity to up-skill the existing workforce and showcase an attractive career path for professional engineers, scientists & technologists.