07 July 2016 — Newsletter no. 2

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Dear Reader,

PlasCarb is a 3 year EU funded project using innovative technology to produce graphitic Carbon and renewable Hydrogen from food waste, with the objective to see how food waste could be utilized instead of sending it to landfill or just putting it through an anaerobic digester to generate electricity.

PlasCarb produces renewable PlasCarbon - nanographitic carbon particles composed of graphene multilayers. While the quality of the renewable PlasCarbon is still being researched and optimized by the PlasCarb partners, its economic value is expected to be very high. With the world graphite market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% from 2014 – 2020, PlasCarb offers a sustainable contribution to this growing demand by the production of renewable PlasCarbon from food waste. Potential applications include but are not limited to:

  • Inks for 2D and 3D printing, printable electronics
  • Composites in rubber, plastic, etc.
  • Electrodes, batteries, capacitors

PlasCarb has the potential to generate renewable Hydrogen (RH2), albeit at low mass flow rate and currently at long payback. The ability to sustainably produce this element has added economical value, as nearly 96% of Hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels. Predicted global demand in 2020 is 324 million m3 worth 125 billion EUR. Hydrogen is used in significant quantities by industry, applications ranging from ammonia production to petroleum refining and electronics. Hydrogen is increasingly recognized as a potential future transport fuel for a low carbon economy (including use in the emerging fuel cell technology).

By the time the project ends in November 2016, we will operate the plant for at least one month, processing over 150 tons of food waste into more than 25 000 cubic meters of biogas. To learn more about the project please check our website: http://plascarb.eu/

We would proudly like to share with you our results, different market application potential, to see how industry players and researchers can benefit from the PlasCarb process and the PlasCarb product.

That’s why, and in view of the occasion, we would like to invite you to find more about PlasCarb and our partners at 7th International conference on Advanced Nanomaterialson the 25-27 July 2016 in Aveiro, Portugal, and at RWM – Europe’s premier event for resource efficiency and waste management solutions on the 13-15 September 2016 in NEC, Birmingham, UK. You will have the opportunity to meet with our experts and get involved with the PlasCarb project. Please register for both events at the organizers’ websites mentioned above.

We are looking forward to seeing you at these special events!

PlasCarb Team

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 603488
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