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The Plastcon system

Plastcon is MAKEEN Energy's plastic waste conversion technology, created by our experienced engineers as a response to the global and growing problem of plastic waste. With the Plastcon system, it is possible to convert harmful plastic waste into resources that can be used for the production of new plastic materials or as a more sustainable fuel alternative for ships and trucks. In other words, Plastcon turns a global problem into useful resources.

Solving a problem with a responsible solution

One of the greatest challenges in the battle against plastic waste is the size of the problem. Today, the world population produces more than 260 million tonnes of plastic waste every year – and 84% of it ends up in either incineration, landfills or nature. If things do not change, we will all keep producing more and more plastic waste and continue to burn or deposit the majority of it. Simply, we will pollute our planet and add CO2 to the atmosphere.

However, we have other options. If we send the harmful plastic waste into the innovative Plastcon system – and through the essential pyrolysis process – we can convert it into pyrolysis oil, gas and carbon black. In that way, we keep and use the resources instead of waving goodbye to them.

Without a doubt, Plastcon is a more responsible solution to the problem. It tackles the growing global amounts of plastic waste. It generates useful resources. And it brings down CO2 emissions.

Plastcon handles all types of plastic

When it comes to plastic materials, Plastcon has one unique and useful feature: The system accepts all types of plastic waste – without exceptions.

With Plastcon, it is possible to thermally recycle all types of plastic waste. Even PVC and PET materials, which are commonly regarded as difficult to recycle, can easily be part of the feedstock for Plastcon.

As an additional bonus, the system does not require the plastic to be cleaned or washed before it enters. Oftentimes, plastic waste comes with contaminants, like glass, sand, stone, metal and organic materials, that complicate the recycling process and wear out the equipment. But Plastcon easily solves the problem by sorting out this kind of pollution during the process.

Even though Plastcon might not be picky about plastic types, it should never be the first choice. Whenever it is possible to recycle plastic waste mechanically, this should always be prioritised since it generates less CO2 than thermal recycling. But with Plastcon, it is possible to make up for the limitations of mechanical recycling and continue where it cannot. When the composition of plastic waste materials is too complex, and when the mechanical recycling rate has reached the maximum limit of 2-3 times – then Plastcon can take over. Instead of leaving the harmful plastic as waste, Plastcon converts it into useful resources. 

Different types of plastic

Plastcon turns plastic waste into pyrolysis oil, gas and carbon black

The Plastcon system converts harmful plastic waste into useful resources. Depending on the specific setup and context, Plastcon is able to produce about:

75% pyrolysis oil which can be used in the production of new plastic materials or as fuel for ships and trucks as a greener alternative to conventional marine gas oil.

15% gas which can be used to produce power or heat. The gas production consists of a mix of methane, ethane and propane.

10% carbon black which can be used to colour new plastic materials.

Flexibility makes it possible to grow as you go

The Plastcon facility is built on a module setup. This makes it possible to match the size and capacity of a facility to the needs and amounts of plastic waste at the specific location. And if things change, it is easy to expand.

The capacity of a Plastcon module is 25 tonnes/day – meaning that one module handles 25 tonnes of harmful plastic every production day, turning it into pyrolysis oil, gas and carbon black. A standard facility consists of 2 modules and, consequently, has a daily capacity of 50 tonnes/day.

Once a Plastcon facility is up and running, it continues steadily with ongoing maintenance and a 90% production uptime. In other words, it runs 90% of the time, day and night, every day, and in a calendar year this mounts up to 328 full production days. Taking this into account, a medium-sized Plastcon facility is able to handle 16,750 tonnes of plastic waste every year. To put it into perspective, this is what 440,789 EU citizens produce – more than the all the people in, for example, Florence, Nice or Palma de Mallorca.