Proving the concept: the power of pilots – Plant One Rotterdam

Plant One Rotterdam presents ‘Proving the concept: the power of pilots’. The business of Plant One Rotterdam consist of constructing and operating a location where companies and research their innovative ideas can test for (more) sustainable technology and produce on a commercial scale, and all related activities. Three companies present what they are doing at Plant One Rotterdam.

H2CIF: Making hydrogen work: an alternative for production, storage and distribution

H2Fuel is hydrogen safely stored under ambient pressure in a stable powder (NaBH4). This powder can be stored for many years, when kept dry. Without an external energy source and just by diluting it with a surplus of Ultra Pure Water and with the addition of an activator, the H2 can be fully released on demand, as well as the same amount of H2 out of the UPW, resulting in doubling the amount of H2. The residue, called Spend Full (SF) can be regenerated to the original powder (NaBH4) without any restrictions. 

Both processes have passed the Proof of Principle and a prototype of the releasing proces is operational. The energy density is almost equal to diesel or petrol.

Obbotec: Closing the loop: chemical plastic recycling  

Obbotec has developed two techniques for plastic recycling: Selective Plastic Extraction (SPE) and hydrocracking. SPE is an innovative and advanced chemical plastic recycling technologythat can convert a mix of waste plastics, including contaminated mixed waste streams, foils and multi-layer paints, into near virgin PE & PP materials. Hydrocracking allows the company to upgrade waste streams that are a mix of biomass and plastic to hydrocarbons like MGO or naphtha. In their pilotplants at Plant One Rotterdam Obbotec wants to show that the technologies works on a large scale and can be commercially marketed.  

Zero Brine: re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals

Aiming to ‘close the loop’ and improve the environmental impact of industrial production, the goal of Zero Brine is to prove that minerals, such as magnesium and clean water, can be recovered from industrial processes to then be reused in other industries. It is a circular economy approach based on the recovery of resources from industrial wastewater. Currently, the recovered water and minerals of sufficient purity and quality for good market value are being tested at the demonstration project near the Rotterdam Port in the Netherlands and in 3 other pilot projects in Spain, Poland and Turkey.