Ecoplanta Molecular Recycling Solution selected for EU Innovation funding
In Spain, the Ecoplanta Molecular Recycling Solution, S.L project in El Morell has been selected by the European Commission for the final step in the selection process to receive support from the EU Innovation Fund. A joint venture between Enerkem Inc., SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Spain, and Repsol S.A. It is one of seven projects selected from the 70 projects shortlist that was invited to make a full application and the only one from Spain.
The material recovery project Ecoplanta Molecular Recycling Solution aims to build a plant to transform 400 000 tonnes per annum of non-recyclable municipal solid waste (MSW) into around 220 000 tonnes of methanol.
This methanol will be used as a feedstock to produce renewable chemicals or advanced biofuels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and diverting waste from landfills.
The plant, which is scheduled to be operational in 2025, will provide an industrial solution to the growing demand for renewable methanol, which is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
By recovering waste in a real circular economy, Ecoplanta will contribute strongly to the improvement of residual materials recovery rates in Spain and to the achievement of the EU’s 2035 targets to reduce the volume of solid urban waste currently going to landfill, consolidating itself as a lower environmental impact alternative to incineration.
The projects will begin to prepare a grant agreement with the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), the implementing body of the Fund.
This is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2022, allowing the Commission to adopt the corresponding grant award decision and start distributing the grants