When building its current two plants in Spain, the London-headquartered chemical recycling company Plastic Energy opted to install automation and measurement technology from Siemens to ensure the smooth running of control systems and the plants’ output consistency.
That collaboration is now being expanded: to meet growing demand for plastic recycling, Plastic Energy is now building several larger facilities across Europe, Asia and the US, the first of which is in the Netherlands with partner Sabic. These plants will be significantly upscaled and again, incorporate technologies provided by Siemens, including Distributed Control Systems (DCS), process instrumentation and low voltage switchgear in the form of SIVACON S8 technology. Such end-to-end technology solutions make it possible for Plastic Energy to continually evolve its technology and process, implement improvements for better efficiencies and product quality, and achieve flexibility and scalability for its plant designs, the company said.
As well, Plastic Energy is also working with Siemens on the development of technology that makes use of a digital twin - a virtual model that provides insight into and closed loop optimisation of both process and plant performance.
Siemens has viewed working with Plastic Energy as a long-term partnership from the beginning of our relationship, said Steve Leech, business manager for Siemens Process Control Systems.
“It is great to be involved with a company so focused on sustainability and contributing to a positive impact on the environment through recycling of plastic waste.”
Plastic Energy has developed a thermal anaerobic conversion - TAC- process, which converts plastic waste into a feedstock product called Tacoil. Tacoil has been incorporated into more than 10 products and packaging on the European market from brands such as Unilever, Tupperware and L’OCCITANE en Provence. Plastic Energy’s goal is to recycle five million tonnes of plastic waste by 2030.