Follow-up meeting held in Logroño (LOGROTEX)

On 06/11/2018 the fourth follow-up meeting of the LIFE-ECOTEX Project was held at the LOGROTEX facilities with the attendance of all the project partners: GAIKER (leader), CTCR, BETA, Eko-REC and LOGROTEX. During the meeting, the project progress was presented, mainly focused on the success of obtaining 300 kg of chemically recycled PET fibre, as one of the main objectives to be able to close the life cycle of polyester waste generated in the footwear sector. Likewise, the updated studies for the design of a chemical recycling industrial plant and the advances in the LCA on the chemical recycling process were presented....
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Manufacture of around 800 kg of chemically recycled polyester staple fibre (Ecotex PSF)

After receiving the polymerized pellets thanks to the 'Materials+Technology' Group of the UPV-EHU, Eko-REC carried out the preparation of the material, mixing it with recycled multicoloured flakes from bottles. This allowed the production of around 800 kg of black polyester staple fibre. After that, Logrotex took over the manufacture of the felts, which will make up the insoles and thermal insulators....
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Synthesizing of over 300 kg of chemically recycled Ecotex PET

The synthesis of Ecotex PET was carried out in a pilot plant reactor,as shown below, by mixing BHET monomer, ethylene glycol (EG) and water under vacuum, all at high temperatures.   The reaction was stopped taking into account the viscosity of the melted product finally obtained. This mass was cooled with cold water, obtaining long threads, which were cut and sieved until obtaining the desired result, the chips or pellets....
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Follow-up meeting in Andoain (Eko-REC)

On 31/05/2018, the third follow-up meeting of the LIFE-ECOTEX Project was held at the Eko-REC facilities with the attendance of all the project partners: GAIKER (leader), CTCR, BETA, Eko-REC and LOGROTEX. During the meeting, the progress of the project was presented, mainly focused on the success in obtaining 350 kg of BHET and the quality control analyses carried out on all the samples obtained after the process of glycolysis and purification of BHET. Moreover, the offer for the contracting of the monomer polymerization has been made public....
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The University of the Basque Country wins the public tender for the synthesis of 300 kg of PET

After the launch of the public tender (dated 20/04/2018) for the subcontracting of the process of the synthesis and production of PET pellets by means of the polymerization of the monomer BHET, the University of the Basque Country obtains the most positive evaluation in this respect. Once numerous proposals had been received, the candidacy of UPV-EHU was objectively evaluated, consolidating the agreement after signing the collaboration contract for the production and characterisation of the PET obtained....
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Production of high-quality Ecotex BHET

After performing the resonance analysis of several samples produced by PET degradation al GAIKER's facilities, it is confirmed that the BHET obtained has a high purity >=90% by weight and, in addition, the % of oligomers is very small. The results have been contrasted and validated with the updated data of large PET synthesis companies, complying to the maximum with the requirements and quality standards.         ...
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Press Release | Finalizada con éxito la demostración del proceso de reciclaje químico PET2BHET del proyecto europeo LIFE-ECOTEX

El proyecto europeo LIFE-ECOTEX destinado a cerrar el ciclo de los residuos de naturaleza poliéster procedentes de la industria del calzado se encuentra en la mitad de su periodo de ejecución habiendo finalizado con éxito la producción de más de 300 kg de BHET, monómero químico de alto valor añadido. El Proyecto LIFE-ECOTEX, liderado por el centro tecnológico GAIKER-IK4 junto a la participación del centro tecnológico CTCR y las empresas BETA, LOGROTEX y EKOREC, comenzó en septiembre del año 2016 con el objetivo de demostrar el concepto de economía circular en la industria del calzado, mediante el reciclaje químico de residuos de naturaleza poliéster y su conversión en compuestos de alto valor añadido, como es el caso de los monómeros químicos recuperados concretamente el (bis-(2-hidroxietil) terftalato ó BHET, que sirvan para la síntesis de nuevos polímeros y nuevos productos textiles más sostenibles. A lo largo de la primera parte del proyecto se han llevado a cabo las acciones preparativas necesarias para acondicionar...
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Study of the pre-industrialisation of the Process ECOTEX

The consortium of the Project LIFE-ECOTEX is studying the possibility to industrialise the chemical recycling process of PET waste through catalytic glycolysis. For that, some critical issues are being assessed, such as the industrial equipment, plant capacity, required investments, waste supply sources and the potential market for the products obtained. ...
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