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NextChem selected for grant agreement under EU innovation fund

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NextChem’s subsidiary dedicated to plastic depolymerisation has been pre-selected for the grant agreement preparation related to the 'Innovation Fund 3rd call for Small Scale projects'. The Innovation Fund stands among the world’s largest funding programmes for the deployment of innovative clean tech projects.

The selected initiative is related to the industrial scale-up of MyRemono’s NXRe PMMA modular technology through the implementation of a first-of-its-kind plant with a processing capacity of up to approximately 5000 tpy.

This solution, jointly developed with Biorenova, is a plastic depolymerisation technology which recovers monomers (building blocks for the plastic value chain) with ultra-high levels of purity from sorted plastic waste, particularly polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) through a continuous chemical recycling process. The project intends to increase the recycling rate of PMMA waste and scraps within the EU and reduce dependence on fossil raw materials for the production of these intermediates, embracing a fully circular model.

Among 72 applications to the EU Innovation Fund, 17 small-scale projects have been selected for the grant agreement preparation, encompassing a wide range of energy and industrial sectors. Myremono’s application is the only Italian selected project related to the chemical sector. The grant agreement is expected to be finalised in 2Q24. Furthermore, MyRemono’s lab-scale and semi-industrial facilities revamping is ongoing.

Once completed, the new pilot facilities will allow the expansion of R&D activities relevant to chemical depolymerisation of other value-added plastics.

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