Chemical Recycling Process for Crosslinked PE | Plastics Technology

2023-03-22 23:02:25 By : Ms. Lin Li

Borealis announces capability to produce recycled PE for use in wire & cable, infrastructure industries. #sustainability #polyolefins

Austria-based Borealis announced the capability of its proprietary Borcycle C chemical recycling process to recycle crosslinked PE, such as XLPE and PE-X, into recycled PE. The recycled PE is suitable for the manufacture of new XLPE and PE-X for use in the wire & cable and infrastructure industries. Cable Coil Packing Machine

Chemical Recycling Process for Crosslinked PE  |               Plastics Technology

XLPE can be used to insulate low voltage electrical cables. Photo Credit: Borealis

XLPE offers cost effectiveness and installation flexibility when used in cable networks. PE-X is used in plumbing and heating pipes, with better chemical resistance and durability than conventional materials. However, until recently it has been difficult to recycle these materials into a product that can be returned to these high-performance applications.

In a series of tests conducted by Borealis, XLPE and PE-X waste were pretreated and then fed into the Borcycle C pyrolysis process. The resulting material was analyzed and determined to be suitable for use as cracker feedstock in the production of new ethylene.

Grades in the Borcycle C portfolio of circular polyolefins are ISCC Plus certified according to the mass balance methodology. The mass balance methodology tracks the amount of circular feedstock used in blended material. 

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Chemical Recycling Process for Crosslinked PE  |               Plastics Technology

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