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BASF hits milestone with 'chemically-recycled' prototypes

December 14/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF SE is advancing its plastics recycling ambitions with a new ChemCycling project, which involves using mixed plastic waste to produce virgin polymers, as per Plasticsnewseurope.

As part of the project, the company has formed a partnership with another German company, Recenso GmbH, which has developed a process to convert mixed plastic fractions into processing oil. Recensos CTC process (catalytic tribochemical conversion) is a single-step catalytic liquefaction process using a combination of thermal, catalytic and physical forces for cracking hydrocarbon. CTC, the produced oil, can either be used for energy purposes or as secondary raw material in the chemical/petrochemical industry.

BASF announced 13 Dec that the first batch of CTC oil was fed into the steam cracker at its Ludwigshafen site in October, and was subsequently used to manufacture ethylene and propylene.

The oil basically replaces fossil-based oils within the process, explained a BASF spokeswoman to PNE. According to the company official, BASF has now manufactured a small number of products with the materials which were produced with the oil.

BASF is currently in the process of developing pilot products including mozzarella packaging, refrigerator components and insulation panels and is consulting with 10 customers from various industries. According to BASF the products have exactly the same properties as those produced with fossil oils, and can therefore be used in applications with high quality and hygiene standards, such as food packaging.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, petrochemistry, BASF.
Category:General News
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