TEESSIDE, England — November 13, 2019 — Poseidon Plastics Ltd., a waste polyester recycling company and codevelopers of a unique monomer recycling technology that converts polyester waste to recycled raw material (BHET) to produce virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET), is pleased to announce it has signed an MOU agreement with DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) to assist and develop Poseidon’s Polyester Recycling Technology with a pathway to constructing an initial 10,000 tonnes per year facility. The technology had previously operated at 1,000 tonnes per year scale and following a series of process improvements, Poseidon will commercialize its second generation platform (“Poseidon Process”), in the 10,000 tonnes per year plant.
The “Poseidon Process” is focused on recycling problematic waste streams such as trays, pots, containers, fibers/fabrics and all types of polyester composites into consumer grade (r)BHET. Poseidon’s 10,000 tonnes per year facility will start detailed engineering design at the site in the first quarter of 2020.
As part of this agreement, DTF will support Poseidon with a range of testing and processing of BHET into PET polymer and BOPET films, as well as their considerable market experience to help Poseidon navigate the regulatory and legislative standards surrounding the industry. Poseidon Plastics, with the help of DTF, intends to construct and operate the 10,000 tonnes per year facility within 18 months in our Teesside base. In parallel with the 10,000 tonnes per year facility, a 50,000 thousand tonnes per year will be designed for subsequent global licensing to support larger scale facilities.
Martin Atkins, CEO of Poseidon, stated, “The Poseidon team is delighted to make this announcement today, and we are extremely proud to have taken the ‘Poseidon Process’ to this stage. It is very rewarding to have the recognition from industry leaders as partners, allowing us to learn from their years of experience and know how to expand, accelerate, and scale-up our technology. Completing the supply chain for the circular economy in PET has been one of our primary goals focusing on difficult to recycle waste PET materials.”
Dave Wall, global technology director at DuPont Teijin Films, stated: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting project and it underlines how important monomer recycling is to DuPont Teijin Films’ overall sustainability strategy. We believe that this type of monomer recycling will play an increasingly important role to boost the circularity of PET, opening up new waste streams which currently cannot be economically mechanically recycled, and providing high value end markets for recycled polyester.”
Poseidon Plastics Ltd. was created as part of a joint venture between Green Lizard Technologies, Panima Capital and Abundia Industries. Its mission is to help solve one of the largest problems facing the world today, how to deal with waste Polyester/Plastic in an environmentally friendly manner. The “Poseidon Process” has come from years of development and testing, and is now on track to solve this problem and is now subject to accelerated commercialization.
DuPont Teijin Films, a joint venture between DuPont and Teijin Ltd., is a producer of polyester films and related services for Healthcare, Alternative Energy, Durable Media, Electronics, Specialist Packaging, Electrical Insulation and Capacitors Industries and many more. Only DuPont Teijin Films manufactures MYLAR® and MELINEX® brand films.
Posted November 13, 2019
Source: Poseidon Plastics Ltd.