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Dow and Haldor Topsoe partner to turn waste plastics into circular plastics

US-headed global materials science and chemicals major Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has announced that a first-step agreement is in place with Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in sustainable solutions, to leverage lab-scale capabilities to support the design and engineering of a new 10 000 tonne-per-annum market development unit (MDU), which will be built at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, for the manufacture of new, circular polyethylene from pyrolysis oil.

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Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has a first-step agreement with Haldor Topsoe A/S to support the design and engineering of a new 10 000 tonne-per-annum market development unit (MDU) to be built at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, for the manufacture of new, circular polyethylene from pyrolysis oil (photo courtesy Dow).

The announcement follows Dow’s recently declared ambition to fast-track the design, engineering, and construction of a market development scale pyrolysis purification unit in Terneuzen.

The purification process is necessary to ensure the pyrolysis oil feedstocks are of sufficient quality to produce new polymers.

Advancing the circular economy for plastics requires scale for feedstock recycling and clean up that does not yet exist broadly, so we are partnering to help accelerate it. Leveraging Haldor Topsoe’s technology and expertise will help us de-risk scale-up of purification capabilities aligned with our efforts to Stop the Waste and Close the Loop, said Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business.

The objective for Dow’s new purification MDU is to validate the technology to produce circular products and to accelerate the scale needed to support strong market demand for circular polyethylene.

Utilize PureStep process

Haldor Topsoe’s “PureStep” process utilizes Topsoe’s hydroprocessing technology to remove impurities from the liquified feedstock. This means that new plastics can now be created from low-grade mixed waste – including tyres, municipal solid waste (MSW), and products containing PVC.

Not only does this revolutionary solution remove the need for fossil-based resources, but it also reduces reliance on costly and time-consuming sorting or decreases used plastic going to landfills or energy recovery.

Dow shares our commitment to accelerate more sustainable solutions. Our decades of experience in developing carbon emission reduction technologies complement Dow’s core strengths and can facilitate their roadmap to carbon neutrality. There are many opportunities to grow and advance our respective technologies, which are vital to decarbonization and circularity, said Fei Chen, SVP, Clean Fuels and Chemicals Technology at Haldor Topsoe.

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