Shell GameChanger Accelerator Program Admits Aduro

Nov. 4, 2022
Aduro is selected to apply its novel Hydrochemolytic Technology (HCT) to produce sustainable naphtha cracker feedstock from polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene, individually or on a mixed basis.

Aduro Clean Technologies Inc., a Canadian developer of water-based technologies to chemically recycle plastics and transform heavy crude and renewable oils into new resources and higher-value fuels, says it has been accepted into the Shell GameChanger program. Shell GameChanger is an accelerator program that partners with businesses to deliver solutions with the potential to impact the future of energy and the transition to net-zero emissions, according to Aduro.

Following a rigorous selection process, Aduro was chosen to apply its novel Hydrochemolytic Technology (“HCT) to produce sustainable naphtha cracker feedstock from polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene, individually or on a mixed basis. The HCT reportedly deconstructs hard-to-recycle chain growth polymers at temperatures lower than those used in current technologies. The HCT is expected to create saturated products with high yield and purity using lower energy and with the ability to process more contaminated feedstock. The HCT output may be used to produce new plastics, demonstrating full circularity, according to Aduro.

To support the project, Shell will contribute non-dilutive funding with the contribution payments being spread over six project phases, each phase and associated payment contingent on meeting the objectives set for the previous phase. In addition, Shell will provide technical expertise to help Aduro develop reliable process designs and optimize the HCT technology for commercial implementation. Shell GameChanger will also mentor Aduro in developing their commercial strategy and market position.

“The Shell GameChanger Program provides the ideal platform for new businesses to advance early-stage ideas that have the potential to impact the future of energy,” says Ed Holgate, commercial partner manager, Shell GameChanger, in a press release from Aduro. “Collaboration between start-ups and experts within Shell is one way to advance the research, development and commercialization of new technologies that will enable the transition to a low-carbon future, and we look forward to working with the team to progress their plastics recycling technology.”

The project is devised to support the rapid movement of the process to commercialization while reducing the developmental risk for the technology, according to Aduro.

Read the press release at www.adurocleantech.com

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