Cyrill Hugi, Project Manager for the construction of the first test facility
Construction of the test facility for recycling mixed plastic waste by Biofabrik AG. Construction of the productive 5,000 kg/day facility is scheduled to start in March 2020.
“Schwarze Pumpe Industrial Site” for the operation of plastics recycling with thermolysis.
The unique business model for plastics recycling
ENESPA AG was founded in 2004 with the idea of constructing modular co-generation systems and running them on rapeseed oil. After analyses and several trials, it became apparent that rapeseed oil does not make ecological or economic sense for the operation of co-generation systems. Subsequent attempts at extracting crude oil from agricultural waste using thermolysis facilities formed the basis for the idea of plastics recycling.
Through further technical and economic evaluations, it became clear that plastics recycling with the thermolysis process has huge potential for the future.
Energy and passion were then put into the development of the first test facility. Back in 2014, the thermolysis facility ran for the first time without any problems for 14 days and the technology was thus ready to be used in the first productive facility.
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Later, ENESPA AG entered into a partnership with an equipment manufacturer, Biofabrik, which has already developed facilities based on the same modular concept as ENESPA AG and which are ready for operation. The owner of Biofabrik is now part of ENESPA AG’s Executive Board.
ENESPA AG’s know-how regarding location and raw materials is now coming to the forefront. The first facility will be commissioned at the planned location at the beginning of 2021 and will subsequently be expanded with further facilities on an ongoing basis. At the same time, ENESPA AG will market recycling systems for mixed plastic waste based on the thermolysis process in Switzerland.
- 2011 First test facility as in-house development
- 2014 First self-developed 250 kg/day facility in full operation
- 2016 Purchase agreements for end products, site agreements and plastic waste supply agreements signed
- 2018 Detailed planning for the first 5,000 kg/day facility
- 2019 Partnership with equipment manufacturer Biofabrik
- 2020 Purchase of the first recycling modules
- 2021 Commissioning of the first facility with 5 modules and ongoing capacity expansion
Chairman of the Executive Board
Dipl. (Graduate) Production Engineer
Eidg. (Federal diploma) Dipl. Ing. (Graduate engineer), Executive MBA, Boston University
A man who learned his job from scratch. He took on the work of a blacksmith and agricultural machinery mechanic and honed his entrepreneurial skills in his later career as a consultant and manager at IVECO and Volkswagen.
Through his work as a consultant and project manager in the fruit juice and wine press sector at Bucher Industries, he was heavily involved in high-tech systems engineering.
This expertise assists him greatly in the operation of plastics recycling through thermolysis.
Cyrill Hugi has personally invested more than one million CHF in the ENESPA project.
Executive Board Member
Medical Studies in Munich and entrepreneur in the renewable energy segment
Stefan Abele has very extensive experience in founding and managing companies. Whether as a consultant or as co-owner.
He has successfully run trading companies, construction companies and factories. In recent years, he has mainly been active in the renewable energy and recycling sectors, where he has worked both as a consultant and as an entrepreneur.
As managing director of ENESPA GmbH Germany, he brings contacts from his huge network and will successfully build up the business.
Executive Board Member
Entrepreneur in the recycling technology industry
He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Biofabrik Technologies GmbH group of companies based in Dresden, which develops and markets innovative technologies and disruptive solutions for the sustainable management of energy, nutrition and waste problems worldwide. Back in 1999, he founded www.Lebensmittel.de, the first German on-line grocery store, which processed and shipped many thousands of orders every day. After its successful exit in 2009, Biofabrik set out to become a company that solves fundamental social problems in a holistic manner.
Executive Board Member
MAS in Banking & Finance, University of Zurich.
Christian Hörler is a passionate financial market expert with decades of experience, first in investment banking, then in the training department of a major bank and finally as an independent consultant for banks. He holds various supervisory board mandates, invests in multiple start-ups and thinks in a fundamentally entrepreneurial manner. The topic of sustainability is very dear to his heart, which is why active participation in ENESPA AG is something which means a great deal to him.
ENESPA AG will generate positive cash flow starting with the first investment. By operating several facilities simultaneously, revenues increase disproportionately and, accordingly, so does the value of the company. There is great demand for this technology. 18 locations in Germany are interested in operating a facility at this time.
Several sites in Germany are showing great interest in operating the recycling facilities. We will put the first facility into operation where we find the best conditions. Thanks to the mobility of the units, we are flexible when it comes to location. The business development unit of the Schwarze Pumpe Industrial Park in Spreetal is very interested in the ENESPA project. Following a thorough investigation, the responsible development bank declared the project eligible for funding. The project will be supported by the development bank once the approval process is completed.
The aim is for the first 5,000 kg/day facility in the industrial park to be commissionedby the end of 2020. As soon as this facility is in reliable operation, ENESPA will build another ten facilities and then gradually expand to forty facilities. The ten facilities are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021.
Thermolysis facility designer
The owner of Biofabrik is a member of ENESPA AG's Executive Board. His company has more than 3 years' experience in operating
thermolysis facilities for recycling plastic waste.
Thermolysis equipment manufacturer
Nürmont is one of the most renowned machine and equipment manufacturers in the German-speaking world with expertise in a wide range of production methods.
ASG Spremberg is a regional special-purpose association and is committed to developing the economy in the Spremberg area.
Mixed plastic waste
The disposal company USB Service GmbH is a supplier of our raw material. The contractually guaranteed waste volume is 25,000 tonnes per year and can be increased to 60,000 tonnes/year at any time.