Picvisa will participate in the identification and separation of complex plastic waste streams in this research project. The project has been approved for funding within the framework of the second call for proposals of the Science and Innovation Missions programme promoted by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI). The ECLIPSE project “Research into New Recycling and Recovery Technologies for Complex Plastic Waste” received the third highest rating of all the projects submitted. The research will be carried out by a consortium led by Técnicas Reunidas, which also includes seven other companies spanning the entire plastics recycling value chain, in addition to PICVISA (ACTECO, REPSOL, CELLMAT TECHNOLOGIES, GRUPO COPO, SYNTHESIA and SEAT). The project office will be coordinated by CETIM Centro Tecnológico.
A total of 111 projects were submitted in response to this call for proposals. Of these, 24 projects from large and medium-sized companies and 13 from SMEs were selected for funding.
The aim of the ECLIPSE project is to research new technological routes that facilitate the recycling and recovery of complex polymeric waste (plastics) and that represent a significant advance on the current state of the art in terms of separation, recycling, purification and chemical synthesis to obtain new polymers suitable for different uses. Ultimately, the aim is to obtain a sustainable, circular, integrated system for the recycling and recovery of complex plastic waste. The versatile new system will be tested in the automotive sector and transferable to all strategic industrial sectors.
This objective is of particular relevance today, given that mechanical recycling of plastics, currently the most consolidated technology due to its economic feasibility and simplicity, has significant limitations when it comes to recycling complex plastics. The ECLIPSE project can, therefore, give rise to an important step forward in the quest to solve the environmental problems associated with plastic waste.
The project is fully integrated into the strategies of the circular economy, given that it will enable secondary raw materials to be obtained from the recycling of complex polymeric waste, thus reducing the use of natural resources, pollution and waste, whilst facilitating greater efficiency in recycling processes. Ultimately, it will contribute to combating climate change by reducing emissions and carbon footprint, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the EU Green Deal.