First Commercial-Scale Cat-HTR™ Plant

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  • Published: 16 August 2018
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  • Source / Publisher: Neste Corporation
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Neste, ReNew ELP, and Licella are joining forces to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. ReNew ELP is constructing a chemical recycling plant in Teesside, UK, to recycle end-of-life plastic to produce raw material for a range of petrochemical products. This will be the first commercial-scale plant based on the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR™) technology.

Licella’s patented catalytic hydro-thermal liquefaction platform Cat-HTR™ uses water at near or supercritical temperatures to convert a wide variety of low-cost, waste feedstocks and residues—such as end-of-life plastics otherwise sent to landfill or incinerated and biomass residues—into high-value products. Licella has invested ten years and 75 million Australian dollars in this technology.

In addition to studying liquefied waste plastic feasibility and sustainability as refinery raw material, the companies are also collaborating with the aim to facilitate regulatory acceptance for chemical recycling.


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