Reversys is a new technology which aims to create a circular economy for difficult to recycle plastics.
How? Reversys uses microwaves to break the bonds in waste plastics, turning them into useful oil, gas and carbon, via a process called microwave assisted pyrolysis. These products can be sold and used in place of fossil fuels to produce virgin quality, recycled materials, such as food grade plastics.
Why Microwaves? Other pyrolysis methods heat plastic from the outside and rely on conduction of the heat through the material. Microwaves however, heat the whole volume of the plastic simultaneously, giving much more evenly distributed heating. This means that we have more control over the heating process, the products it produces and the energy that it uses.
What Stage Is The Technology At? We have built a demonstrator capable of processing 18kg of waste plastic an hour. That’s equivalent to 1800 plastic bottles! We are now systematically testing Reversys using increasingly complex plastic waste. These are the first trials of direct microwave assisted pyrolysis at scale.
Our aims are to:
- Identify which waste plastics Reversys can process
- Optimise the quality of the oil and gas products
- Assess the efficiency and environmental impacts of the process
Find out more…
We will publish updates here as our trials progress. Meanwhile, if you have a specific enquiry, please reach out to Dr Alex Lord, firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, through The Sustainable Innovation Fund.