Saperatec GmbH commissions innovative pilot plant for the complete recycling of composite materials
Recycling 100% with maximum flexibility
Thanks to sophisticated micro-emulsions, Saperatec offers a completely new and unique possibility to separate composite materials and, thus, to recover the individual components as clean secondary raw materials. The entire separation process is realized inside the plant: from treating the composite material in the micro-emulsion, via the washing of the separated materials all the way to the recirculation of the micro-emulsion and sorting of the individual fractions thus obtained.
"Per year, composite materials with a value of more than a billion Euros are thrown away. With a recycling quota of 100 per cent, our wet-chemical process provides for a sustainable raw materials industry", explains Saperatec's managing director, Jörg Dockendorf. "With this plant, which can process up to 500 tonnes of composite material waste per year, we are proving the industrial readiness of our patented process", explains his co-managing director, Sebastian Kernbaum.
Shortly, the company will begin working on customer-tailored projects. For this, Saperatec will license the process for industrial plants at the customer and provide the appropriate micro-emulsions.
Saperatec GmbH was founded in Bielefeld, Germany in 2010 and since then has specialised in developing innovative recycling technologies based on the use of micro-emulsions. Both managing directors, Dr. Sebastian Kernbaum and Dr. Jörg Dockendorf, employ a team of ten, among which count highly specialised chemists and process engineers. In August 2011 the company commissioned its first pilot plant for the processing of solar modules and has continued to develop this process using micro-emulsions since that time. For its forward-looking technology, Saperatec has won many awards; most recently it was the winner at the founder competition WECONOMY; before that it won the German Raw Materials Efficiency prize, the OWL Innovation Prize and the Innovation Prize of the German Industry.
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