Surat, India – Novoloop has set up a pilot plant in India. The Bay Area start-up is collaborating with Indian specialty chemicals company Aether Industries to demonstrate the scalability of its Lifecycling plastic recycling technology. This allows post-consumer plastic waste to be turned back into monomers for making new materials, notably Lifecycled thermoplastic polyurethane.
Initial operations are starting up in the first quarter of 2024, with a 70 tonne/year plastic intake capacity planned by the end of the year. Products made in the pilot plant will be made available to customers for trial and commercial release.
“The integrated pilot plant, mirroring our full-scale commercial process design, marks a pivotal advancement in technology readiness,” said Nedim Hasanbegovic, Novoloop’s VP of engineering.
The technology involves the oxidation of post-consumer polyethylene. Novoloop believes its monomers will be price-competitive with fossil-based products. A lifecycle assessment, it said, shows a reduction of up to 91% compared to conventional adipic acid production is achievable.
The pilot plant will operate continuously, with the aim of demonstrating the technology in a real-world, 24/7 operating environment. This, the company hopes, will pave the way for full-scale production. It will also validate aspects such as yield and recovery rates to demonstrate its economic potential.
“Aether Industries is proud to partner with Novoloop on this transformative project,” said Aman Desai, Aether’s director and SVP of research, manufacturing and operations. “Our combined expertise in chemical manufacturing and Novoloop’s innovative circular solution creates an ideal platform to usher in a new era of sustainable plastic management.”