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Watch List: Material & Life-Cycle Efficiency Solutions

Material and life cycle efficiency within industry production is characterized by using less materials for production, using materials with recycling and up-cycling characteristics, or using materials and products with extended life cycle efficiency. Our research team found some interesting solutions that help improve material and life-cycle efficiencies.



1. D-CRBN




D-CRBN recycles captured CO2 and splits it into carbon monoxide (CO) thanks to proprietary plasma-based technology. This Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) process creates new value-added products such as e-fuels, polymers, and chemicals. In this way, CO2 recycling is the cornerstone of a circular carbon economy that supports a net-zero future.



2. ECONIC TECHNOLOGIES



Econic Technologies develops catalyst technologies that incorporate waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into polyols to bring benefit to the plastics industry.



3. ENERKEM




Enerkem’s disruptive technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable waste into biofuels and other renewable chemicals, with better economics and greater sustainability than other technologies relying on fossil sources. Enerkem operates a commercial-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as well as an innovation centre in Westbury, Quebec, Canada. The company is currently developing several facilities around the world, to facilitate the transition to a circular economy.



4. FAIRMAT




Fairmat is changing the landscape of carbon fiber recycling. In contrast to traditional waste-management techniques using pyrolysis or solvolysis, known for their high energy consumption, the Fairmat process relies on mechanical treatment. Rather than grinding the waste, Fairmat uses high-tech proprietary cutting technologies, incorporating robotics and machine learning. This allows to keep fibers and resin together and maintain fiber length, to obtain higher mechanical performance than traditional recycling techniques.



5. MADE OF AIR





Made of Air’s materials replace fossil materials and other composites in manufactured products. Composed of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere, the materials permanently remove CO2 and are thermoformed by standard industrial processes to meet millions of building and consumer product applications. Storing carbon in products enables manufactured goods to become an engineered carbon sink.



6. PHOTOCENTRICS



Photocentric has been manufacturing photopolymer resin since 2002. Photocentric has prioritized innovation at the center of their corporate culture, creating new products for the printing industry. In 2014 Photocentrics started into 3D printing with the use of LCD screens as the selective light source to harden visible light photopolymers. This technology is starting to change wider volume manufacturing not just additive manufacturing.



7. PURECYCLE




The game-changing polypropylene recycling technology that PureCycle uses consists of seven main process stages that help close the loop on plastic waste while making recycled plastics more accessible at scale. ‍The process incorporates units of operation that have been in existence for decades, and extraction and filtration are at the heart of the process. These two simple concepts allow us to produce an industry-first, ultra-pure recycled plastic.



8. RHEAPLY




Rheaply is a B2B SaaS resource management technology to scale reuse and the circular economy within organizations, helping lower procurement and storage costs and reduce waste.




9. SORTERA ALLOYS




Sortera uses its patented artificial intelligence technology for production of low-cost high-quality metal alloys for domestic manufacturing.

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