Energy firm Geminor announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with fellow Norwegian advanced biofuel producer Quantafuel to secure deliveries of plastic waste for Quantafuel’s plants for biofuel production.
“Quantafuel’s fuel production is groundbreaking and an industry we want to be part of,” said Geminor CEO Ralf Schopwinkel.
“It will be our job to make the waste treatment companies around Europe understand the requirements of Quantafuel regarding the quality and handling of plastic waste. We look forward to contributing to the development of sustainable recycling of plastic waste.”
The production plant in Skive, Denmark, will convert up to 20,000 tonnes of plastic waste into chemical products annually. According to the release, the facility’s capacity over the next few years will be increased to around 60,000 tonnes.
“We have developed a technology in which we produce chemicals from plastic – chemicals which in turn can be used to make new plastics. This could transform the entire industry and lead to a new focus for the waste management industry,” said Quantafuel CCO Thomas Steenbuch Tharaldsen.
“Every year, Europe has to get rid of millions of tonnes of plastic waste, so the access to plastic is enormous. Our challenge is to provide a steady supply of high-quality, non-recyclable plastic waste, so that the production volume is satisfactory and the end product is of good quality. It is important for us to have international access to good plastic material, and in this respect Geminor becomes an important partner.”