Gr3n: a new recycling concept
Gr3n developed an innovative process, based on the application of microwave technology to an alkaline hydrolysis, which provides an economically viable recycling process of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) , allowing the industrial implementation. This new process can potentially change how PET is recycled worldwide, with huge benefits both for the recycling industry and for all the polyester value chain.
Our polyester depolymerization (from packaging or textiles) allows to infinitely use the monomers to produce virgin-like PET.
Thanks to the depolymerization process, the post-consumer PET waste can be seen as an alternative to fossil fuels, as it can generate building blocks for a new virgin PET.
Due to the process design, we can offer a chemical recycling solution for lowering carbon footprint but also that provides relevant cost savings for the whole value chain.
Production of monomers becomes more sustainable, as the overall life-cycle release of CO2 in the biosphere is reduced with respect to traditional processes.
More than waste
Raw materials come from something we are used to consider garbage, but that must be considered as a resource. There is a way to leave carbon into the cycle.
The auxiliary chemicals needed for the reaction and for the subsequent work-up steps (i.e. NaOH and HCl) are recovered in situ using elecrolysis.