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The manufacturing facility for the microwave-assisted depolymerisation of PET.

gr3n and Intecsa Industrial are entering a joint venture to build a ‘first-of-a-kind’ manufacturing facility for the microwave-assisted depolymerisation of PET. The technology is capable of processing PET from various industries including textile waste, closing the loop for hard to recycle PET applications. The facility will make use of gr3n’s MADE technology (Microwave Assisted Depolymerisation), which can apparently process post-industrial, post-consumer, and hard-to-recycle PET waste. It breaks the polymer down into monomers, then reconstructs them back into a polymer – a process that, theoretically, enables the infinite recycling of plastic materials into brand new virgin polymers. gr3n SA and Intecsa Industrial intend to produce 40,000 tons of recycled PET per year by 2027.​ The MADE technology ​ has the potential to provide a reliable enhanced recycling solution that closes the PET loop, results in food grade polymer material, processes a large variety of waste. Post- consumer and/or post-industrial bottles - colored, colorless, transparent, opaque - ​ and textiles, whether 100% polyester or mixtures containing up to 30% other materials such as PU, cotton, polyether, polyurea - are all suitable feedstock for the process. The polymers obtained from the process can be used to produce new products, essentially completely displacing feedstock material from fossil fuels, and potentially achieving bottle-to-textile, textile-to-textile, or even textile-to-bottle recycling in a circular system. #depolymerisation #recycledPET

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