Sustainable Solutions Dow, Haldor Topsoe Team Up to Convert Waste Plastics into Circular Polyethylene

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Under the terms of the agreement, Dow will design and engineer a new 10,000 ton per year market development unit at its Terneuzen site in the Netherlands. The development unit will make use of Haldor Topsoe’s PureStep technology to purify pyrolysis oil feedstock from waste plastics and advance the technology for industrial-scale purification of circular feedstocks to develop circular plastics.

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Dow intends to build the market development unit at their production site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.
Dow intends to build the market development unit at their production site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.
(Source: Dow)

Kgs. Lyngby/Denmark – Topsoe will support Dow in meeting its 2030 circularity targets, including Dow’s target to enable 1 million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships.

“Advancing the circular economy for plastics requires scale for feedstock recycling and clean up that does not yet exist broadly, so we are partnering to help accelerate it,” said Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business.

Leveraging Haldor Topsoe’s technology and expertise will help us de-risk scale-up of purification capabilities aligned with our efforts to stop the waste and close the loop.

Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business

A first step agreement is in place between Dow and Topsoe to leverage lab-scale capabilities to support the design and engineering of the new 10,000 ton per year market development unit (MDU), which will be built at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.

“Dow shares our commitment to accelerate more sustainable solutions. Our decades of experience in developing carbon emission reduction technologies complement Dow’s core strengths and can facilitate their roadmap to carbon neutrality. There are many opportunities to grow and advance our respective technologies, which are vital to decarbonization and circularity,” said Fei Chen, Senior Vice President, Clean Fuels and Chemicals Technology at Topsoe.

The objective for Dow’s new purification MDU is to validate the technology to produce circular products and to accelerate the scale needed to support strong market demand for circular polyethylene.

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