A new generation of plastics
« Instead of making
products from resources,
let’s make resources
from products.
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Jocelyn Doucet
Chief Executive Officer, Pyrowave

The Endless Regeneration of Plastics Through Microwaves

Plastics are core products in our modern economy, and their production has doubled for the past 15 years. Despite their many benefits, plastics end-of-life problems are a core issue calling for innovative solutions.

Pyrowave provides a unique technology that regenerates post-consumer plastics by breaking down plastics into their basic constituents used to make new plastic resins identical to virgin plastics and restore their full value. Pyrowave leads the way to a true circular economy of plastics.

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    Pyrowave Technology can yield up to 95% in styrene monomer concentrate, i.e. a yield approximately 3 times higher than the other industry technologies. This performance is made possible through the Pyrowave‑developed patented microwave technology.

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    Three times less Greenhouse Gas Emissions to produce polystyrene from recycled material than from virgin fossil material.

    The production of one ton of styrene through the Pyrowave technology from post consumption polystyrene uses 15 times less energy than virgin styrene production from fossil matter, thus releasing of three times less GHGs compared to crude based resin.

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    Only 12% of plastic generated worldwide are recycled. A successful market opens up for a new generation of plastics through chemical recycling.

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    600 million tons/year

    The annual recycled plastics demand by 2050.

    With the increased demand for plastics, which is expected to triple and reach one billion tons in 2050, the analysts expect that 60% of these matters will come from recycled sources. This means that the recycle plastics industry in 2050 will double compared with the 2016 total plastics industry!

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Our equipment

Pyrowave’s patented microwave catalytic depolymerization technology offers the most advanced high-power microwave technology worldwide, now at the forefront of a new revolution designed to increase resource efficiency. By resetting plastic to their native, virgin-like form, the Pyrowave technology allows infinite recycling of plastics.

The Various Plastics Processed through Pyrowave Technology

Pyrowave technology is notably appropriate for styrenic polymers such as polystyrene (PS), and thermoplastic polyolefins such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), as it fosters a controlled breakdown of carbon carbon bonds.

Pyrowave technology, with its CMD600 reactor, aims first at processing polystyrene (plastic #6).

The CMD 200/400/500 technology is being developed to process polyethylene (plastics #2 and #4) and polypropylene (plastic #5).

Pyrowave technology is not suitable for condensation-based polymers such as polyesters (e.g. PET) and polyamides (e.g. nylon). It is not suitable either for fluoropolymers.

Awards and recognition

The Pyrowave technology has been recongnized numerous times!

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Closed Loop Partners
Smart Prosperity Institute
BASF ACIC Competition – Innovation Series
Mermber of: World Alliance for efficient suolutions
Nominated in the Global Cleantech 50 Ones to Watch List
2018 Innovation Grand Award of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Ranked 1st at the International Industrial Chemistry Competition.
Nominated in the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch List
Top 20 Most Innovative Company, by the Canadian Innovation Exchange

Partners

Pyrowave is the initiator of the North American Closed-Loop Polystyrene Recycling Consortium announced at the G7 ministerial meeting in September 2018 with INEOS-Styrolution and ReVital Polymers.

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
Export Development Canada (EDC)
Ontario Centre for Excellence (OCE)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)
MaRS
RIC
World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

Our latest publications

The Styrene Market

Styrene is a molecule at the core of the production of a variety of products. Approximately 50% of styrene production is for polymerization when manufacturing polystyrene. The second main use of styrene (15%) is the synthetic rubber found notably in tires.

What is depolymerization?

Recycling through depolymerization involves breaking down the bonds connecting monomer blocks in the long polymer chain without damaging monomers themselves. This helps separate and purify monomers more easily than purifying polymers. Several depolymerization methods are available to break down the...

PYROWAVE, Canada, PS recycling

Discover innovative projects of new plastic recycling technologies. Objective: to recycle more and improve the quality of the recycled material. These projects were presented on February 4 and 5, 2019 during the Plastic Solutions Forum organized by Citeo and EEQ.