A project at Preston-based Recycling Lives to recover energy from previously unrecyclable automotive waste has been recognised as one of the UK’s best industry-academic partnerships.
The company, which recently won its fourth Queen’s Award for Enterprise, finished runner-up in the Business Impact category of Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) ‘Best of the Best’ awards.
The partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has uncovered an innovative solution to avoid sending waste residue from the scrap car recycling process to landfill, instead turning it into electrical energy.
Recycling Lives currently recycles around 100,000 scrap cars annually through its industry-leading machinery.
Its processes allow for millions of tonnes of recycled metals and plastics to be returned to the market, but also creates up to 1.2 million tonnes of auto-shredder residue which could not previously be recycled or reused.
After working with Recycling Lives for two years, UCLan chemical engineer Dr Ala Khodier developed a method of transforming the residue into a saleable product and electrical energy, creating a closed-loop recycling solution at the Preston facility.
Dr Khodier also found metals retained in the residue that can be extracted and returned to market, boosting recycling rates.
Once fully developed it is anticipated the solution will save Recycling Lives more than £1 million annually while generating around 1,000MW of energy.
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Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy and Renewables, Environmental Technologies and Waste and Recycling on 15 May 2019