Enterprise Europe Network (Profile ID:TRBE20171219001)
A Brussels based professional organization of glass recyclers is looking for a technical solution to allow for the recycling of laminated glass/Windshields, particularly the PVB (polyvinylbutyral) fraction. The organisation is looking for companies or universities with an expertise on materials in order to develop and demonstrate them with a technical agreement. This demonstration could take place in the framework of Horizon 2020 projects.
Based in Brussels, the non-profit European organization represents recyclers of any kind of glass in European (EU and non-EU Member States) and non-European countries. These recycling companies have great expertise in the selective collection and sorting of glass in order to separate the non-glass fractions.
The association is looking for new solution to develop technical cooperation agreement for the recycling of laminated glass/windshields.
Due to the processes used for flat glass recycling, the recycled PVB often (1) is contaminated by various concentrations of glass, (2) has been exposed to natural UV-light and (3) contains variable percentages of water.
In particular the PVB (polyvinylbutyral) in combination with glass in the building and the automotive sector represents a significant potential of secondary raw material for the circular economy and it is one of the major remaining by-product of their sorting activity of flat glass.
PVB is used notably in
- laminated glass as construction materials
- Windshields of cars
More than 90% of the sorted glass is sold as product with a European End of Waste status. The organisation is therefore looking for a technical solution for its members to be able to recycle this PVB fraction.
The ideal solution would be the reuse of recycled PVB in the production of laminated glass.
Alternative applications in the textile or polymer industry, whether or not in combination with other polymers, seem more realistic on a shorter-term basis.
The organisation is looking for companies or universities with an expertise on materials, operating the materials treatment and offering solutions ideally already at TLR 5 in order to further develop and demonstrate this technical solution under a technical agreement.
Under one option, this demonstration could take place in the framework of Horizon 2020 projects for the following topics :
- CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020: Raw materials innovation for the circular economy: sustainable processing, reuse, recycling and recovery schemes (IA)
- CE-SPIRE-10-2018 : efficient recycling processes for plastic containing materials (IA)
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