The mixed plastic waste problem is becoming an important issue in scientific and technological communities in light of the environmental pollution caused by its poorly management. In this paper a new and efficient thermo-catalytic pathway to convert plastic waste into methanol is presented in its key features and global yields. The process has been mainly developed in silico using Aspen HYSYS V10 with support from experimental data where simulation could not provide reliable information such as the gasification step. Consolidated kinetic models are used both for the reforming and methanol synthesis steps, while the pre-reforming reactor is simulated at the thermodynamic equilibrium. The temperature, pressure, and mass flow balances of the system are reported alongside some of the most important key performance indicators for reforming (methane slip) and methanol synthesis (SN ratio).

Converting end-of-life plastic waste into methanol: the gasiforming process as new, efficient and circular pathway

K. Prifti;A. Galeazzi;M. Barbieri;F. Manenti
2021

Abstract

The mixed plastic waste problem is becoming an important issue in scientific and technological communities in light of the environmental pollution caused by its poorly management. In this paper a new and efficient thermo-catalytic pathway to convert plastic waste into methanol is presented in its key features and global yields. The process has been mainly developed in silico using Aspen HYSYS V10 with support from experimental data where simulation could not provide reliable information such as the gasification step. Consolidated kinetic models are used both for the reforming and methanol synthesis steps, while the pre-reforming reactor is simulated at the thermodynamic equilibrium. The temperature, pressure, and mass flow balances of the system are reported alongside some of the most important key performance indicators for reforming (methane slip) and methanol synthesis (SN ratio).
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