EnviroTech

Environmentally friendly technology

Our experienced engineers are inventing environmentally friendly technology. This includes an innovative plastic waste recycling solution and technology to turn end-of-life composite material into new products.

Our newest department

The EnviroTech department is our newest department and our products and solutions are innovative not only to the world, but also within our company. With decades of experience in cylinder filling and handling gas, our board decided to start up a new department with a true start-up culture and a very short distance between thought and action. As a result of this strategic decision, MAKEEN EnviroTech now thrives as our fastest growing department.

Backed by our experience and our world market-leading position in cylinder filling, our EnviroTech department has had the right conditions for success. Today, we employ around 50 people full-time who work on numerous innovative solutions to bridge gaps and create circularity. Our most progressed solution so far is Plastcon, a turnkey chemical recycling plant that we're now able to offer to the market. But we're also progressing rapidly with a composite waste solution.

Our sustainable projects

Plastcon - a solution to the plastic waste problem

Our planet is drowning in plastic – and our plastic waste problem keeps growing day by day.

Plastcon responds to an enormous, global problem that poses a threat to natural environments, wildlife, and public health.

  • Half of all plastic waste on a global scale cannot be cleaned and sorted adequately enough to be recycled. And much less than half is currently recycled.
  • Most plastic items can currently only be mechanically recycled - and 2-3 times at the maximum.

The solution exists now – and it is called Plastcon. MAKEEN Energy’s Plastcon system has “cracked the code” and offers an innovative solution based on pyrolysis to chemically recycle plastic.

Plastcon handles all types of plastic

With Plastcon, it is possible to chemically 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.

Our first full-scale Plastcon plant is currently under construction and will commence operation in 2022. Our technology is based on several years of extensive testing on a smaller scale test plant, which has been designed and build by our in-house team of engineers.

We have now arrived at the stage where we’re ready to rapidly scale up and offer our solution to new customers.

Read much more about Plastcon on our Products page

DecomBlades

Today, it is possible to recycle between 85 and 95% of a wind turbine, but the composite materials that make up the blades are challenging to recycle in a cost-effective manner. Right now, an estimated 2.5 million tons of composite materials are in use in wind turbines across the world – and the wind power industry is only growing. Where will that material go when the blades have exceeded their lifetime?

That question is at the heart of the new DecomBlades project. Supporting the wind power industry’s transition to a circular economy, Innovation Fund Denmark’s Grand Solutions programme has awarded funding to 10 Danish project partners, including our EnviroTech division at MAKEEN Energy, to co-fund this research and development a project that seeks to provide basis for commercialised recycling of wind turbine blades using sustainable and responsible solutions.

The project focuses on three processes: shredding of blades to allow the material to be used in different products and processes; use of shredded blade material in cement production; and pyrolysis, a method to separate the material under high temperatures.

Our role in the project is to lead the work on the pyrolysis technology. With a basis in our existing Plastcon technology, we have designed a pilot pyrolysis facility dedicated to treating wind turbine blade materials. In addition to this, we will work for the commercialisation of pyrolysis facilities that recycle composite materials and seek a market for recovered solids to replace new materials.

Go to the DecomBlades website

About the EnviroTech team

The EnviroTech team is located at MAKEEN Energy’s headquarters in Randers, Denmark and consists of around 50 highly specialised engineers with decades of experience.

Plastcon is a developing project and because we have “cracked the code” and secured funding for our first full-scale plant, we have experienced tremendous growth over the last couple of years. We see Plastcon as our next big chapter and we already experience huge interest from investors and the industry. As a natural consequence, we are preparing for and already undertaking a rapid scale-up of our capacities. This also means that we're constantly on the lookout for talented people to join our team.

Click here for open positions and to read about how to send unsolicited applications to us.

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