Technology

Turning  plastic waste back into feedstock used to make new plastic again

The problem with plastics   •   The Technology   •  Business Model   •   Environmental Benefits

The problem with plastics

Only 8% of plastics generated today are recycled – yet the costs to haul, store, sort and process plastics are enormous.  Using patented microwave technology, Pyrowave places small, modular units directly onsite at recycling facilities and at producers of plastic waste. Pyrowave’s technology  enhances the rate and the range of recyclable materials, reduce logistics costs and produce higher value end products from waste plastics – products such as wax, oil and styrene monomer. Pyrowave has a significant positive benefit environmentally and economically.  Its technology reduces waste landfilling, waste incineration and waste hauling via a net positive energy process.

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The Technology

The Pyrowave technology is the first cost effective Waste-to-Feedstock technology that recycles mixed plastic waste. Our unique approach uses a local conversion that unzips plastics back to their initial constituents that can later be re-used to make virgin polymers and packaging

Pyrowave’s patented technology is Catalytic Microwave Depolymerization (CMD) which uses microwaves to perform fast de-polymerization of mixed plastics with small-scale modular units capable of treating 400-1,200 tons/year on-site. The equipment converts mixed plastics with or without food contamination into predominantly oil containing valuable waxes and monomers. The products are sold to chemical companies that re-use the monomers and waxes for FDA compliant applications and therefore cost effectively closes the loop of polymers life cycle

The machine can process between 50 and 100 kg per cycle and each cycle lasts 30 minutes. The modular approach allows the operator to operate many units.

 

Business Model

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Environmental Benefits

Our recycled chemicals avoid the production of new chemicals from crude oil which is carbon intensive, and reduces carbon emissions from landfill and hauling of light unprocessed plastic waste.

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