Technology


The technology being developed by BioCellection will convert plastic polymers into value-added chemicals that have applications in myriad fields such as in the manufacture of paints, plasticizers, textiles, polyurethanes, detergents, cleaners, etc. Our process involves two steps: 1) a hydrolysis process that converts paper and organic waste, often present in the waste plastic stream, into sugars and alcohols, and 2) an oxidation process that converts waste plastic polymers into organic acids. The second step of the process involves breaking the polymer chains into smaller pieces and adding oxygen to these chains to form different acids. The conditions used are considerably milder than pyrolysis processes.

 

The BioCellection Plastic Upcycle System

1. Mixed plastic waste: The feedstock of the chemical process is mixed plastic residue, including HDPE, LDPE. PS, PP, and PET, with organic waste contamination

2. Chemical machine: The physicochemical process will be contained in a machine that can be placed on-site where plastic waste is aggregated.

3. Organic salts: The output of the chemical process is a series of plastic-derived daughter compounds that are of lower molecular weight and can be fed to BioCellection bacteria.

4. Enhanced bacteria: BioCellection selected strains of bacteria that have been evolved to effectively biodegrade the organic salts and genetically engineered to biosynthesize lipid products.

5.Biodegradation process: The evolved bacteria are efficient at consuming the organic salts as their sole food source.

6. Biosynthesis process: After consuming the carbon from the organic salts, the engineered bacteria produce lipids into the medium.

7. Lipid compounds: The lipid products can be harvested from the medium via standard separation techniques.

 

Milestones

  • BioCellection incorporation
  • Chemical Process Invention
  • Chemical Process scale-up
  • Paid Pilot with Waste Facility
  • Value-added product-market fit
  • On-site Pilot project
  • Value-added product enters newly-formed supply chain