Yokogawa Partners with Microwave Chemical Co. to Develop Chemical Recycling System

Oct. 31, 2023
Companies will develop a small-scale distributed chemical recycling system that uses microwave heating.

Yokogawa Solution Service Corp. said Oct. 31 it has signed an agreement with Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd. on the joint development of a small-scale distributed chemical recycling system that uses microwave heating. The companies plan to build a small-scale, high-efficiency recycling system.

They will combine Microwave Chemical's plastic decomposition technology with automation technology from Yokogawa based on continuous control of the thermal decomposition process, an energy management system that uses renewable energy and an electricity tracking system.

Microwave Chemical's PlaWave chemical recycling technology uses microwaves to directly heat discarded plastic and thereby speed up the process of breaking down and processing these materials. The company says this process saves energy and is suitable for use on a small scale. Microwave Chemical will develop the core apparatus for the small-scale distributed chemical recycling system, and this will have built-in continuous thermal decomposition functionality for polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene.

The companies plan to develop prototypes over the next two years that incorporate input on user needs and firm up functions and specifications. The expect to develop a commercial small-scale distributed chemical recycling system by 2025 with the aim of commercializing this system the following year. 

Both companies also plan to form a consortium with retailers, chemical manufacturers, oil companies and other organizations that are involved in recycling processes.

Sponsored Recommendations

Keys to Improving Safety in Chemical Processes (PDF)

Many facilities handle dangerous processes and products on a daily basis. Keeping everything under control demands well-trained people working with the best equipment.

Get Hands-On Training in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment

Enhance the training experience and increase retention by training hands-on in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment. Build skills here so you have them where and when it matters...

Managing and Reducing Methane Emission in Upstream Oil & Gas

Measurement Instrumentation for reducing emissions, improving efficiency and ensuring safety.

Micro Motion 4700 Coriolis Configurable Inputs and Outputs Transmitter

The Micro Motion 4700 Coriolis Transmitter offers a compact C1D1 (Zone 1) housing. Bluetooth and Smart Meter Verification are available.