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Design plans ready to go into production

The design plans for the first recycling module are ready for construction. The module processes 1,000 kg/day of mixed plastic waste into the raw product paraffin oil. Eight such modules will form a productive 40-foot container plant, which will be commissioned from autumn 2021.

At the beginning of May, the Biofabrik and Nürmont engineers presented the finished design plans for the new 1,000 kg/day module.
The smaller module with a capacity of 250 kg/day will go into operation at the end of April. Careful scaling and the CAD simulations completed with regard to flows, pressure and heat ensure that the new module, which is ready for series production, can be commissioned for industrial use.

Thermolysis module for plastics recycling

The raw material is pressed into the system with a screw conveyor in the absense of oxygen and heated in the  reactor. By managing the feed rate and heat of the heating modules, heat and pressure in the reactor can be controlled.
The plastic has been cracked into smaller molecules by the time it reaches the expansion unit. The material here is gaseous at a temperature of approx. 450° Celsius. The cracked raw material is fed to the high-temperature circuit via the expansion unit and then to the low-temperature circuit where it is distilled into paraffin oil. The system separates out the residual material, coke, at the expansion unit. Coke is also a high-quality raw material that is sold.

CEO Cyrill Hugi: “With this careful scaling, we will minimise the risks. The plant unit will be installed and operated in a 40-foot container consisting of eight 1000 kg/day modules. This guarantees us continuous operation, even if a unit needs to be repaired. The same concept is used in many industrial and server systems.”

In the next few weeks, Nürmont will start building the first module, which will be tested and delivered in July. The seven further modules for the first plant will be manufactured as soon as all tests have been completed, and will be ready for use from mid-2021 onwards.

In parallel with the construction of the modules, ENESPA and its partners are developing the necessary infrastructure, including feed systems for the raw materials, discharge systems for storing and discharging the end products, and production halls.

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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.

The business development fund of the Schwarze Pumpe Industrial Park 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 approval process is in progress. (As of July 2020)

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.

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