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NovaCrack®: Feedstock Recycling of Mixed Plastics Waste

A rapid new depolymerisation process based on catalytic hydrocracking, which offers a sustainable source of valuable hydrocarbons.

Background

The environmental challenge of dealing with mixed plastics waste, a major concern for the waste industry, local authorities and increasingly for households, has opened a commercial opportunity for the petrochemical sector. A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Manchester have developed a rapid new depolymerisation process, NovaCrack®, based on catalytic hydrocracking, which offers a sustainable source of naphtha and other valuable hydrocarbons, coupled with attractive process economics.

Technology Overview

NovaCrack® has the ability to consume a mixed polymer feed, including PE, PP, PS, PET and PVC, which make up 74% of EU plastics demand and which are all found in the municipal waste stream, to yield a clean, low-sulfur, naphtha-rich hydrocarbon stream suitable for supplementing cracker

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