Aduro Clean Technologies has initiated the commissioning phase of its pilot-scale Hydrochemolytic continuous flow plastic reactor (R2 Plastic) installed in Sarnia, Ontario.
Aduro is a Canadian firm that specializes in patented water-based technologies for recycling plastics and transforming heavy crude and renewable oils into higher-value fuels.
The company says it has completed system integrity testing and received the necessary approval from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. The operating team is currently preparing the start-up checklists and finalizing the necessary preparations for the introduction of plastics, it adds.
The R2 Plastic system will be utilized to convert waste chain growth polymers into new and valuable resources using the company’s Hydrochemolytic Plastic Upcycling technology. The R2 reactor uses water, a catalyst and high-pressure pump to convert waste into fuels.
The unit is expected to process various plastic feedstocks such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene by the end of April 2023. The company notes that is hiring additional employees to support the anticipated 24-hour operation runs.
“The research and operation teams are working diligently to complete the commissioning and readiness of the unit to demonstrate the capabilities of our Hydrochemolytic Plastic Upcycling technology,” said Anil Jhawar, Chief Scientist at Aduro Clean Technologies. “Entering this critical step brings us closer to engaging various stakeholders through the operations of the continuous flow system.”
Aduro says the system will also provide important data to support its optimization and scale-up program for the pre-commercial system, as well as aid in the building of a pipeline of commercial projects.
“We are thrilled to be moving towards completing the commissioning of the R2 Plastic system,” said Ofer Vicus, CEO of Aduro Clean Technologies. “This is an important step in bringing our Hydrochemolytic Plastic Upcycling technology to market and addressing the plastic waste crisis.”