technologies explored at the Polyurethanes 2005 Trade Fair
Arlington, VA— New research
into commercially viable technologies for recycling polyurethane,
including recovery, reuse and waste-to-energy studies, will headline
the recycling session at the Polyurethanes 2005 Technical Conference
& Trade Fair, sponsored by the Alliance for the Polyurethanes
Industry (API), October 17-19 in Houston, Texas. Additional presentations
in the recycling session will cover European regulations for waste
sectors such as packaging, automotive and electronic goods.
Representatives from Troy Polymers
Inc. will discuss a process to glycolyze mixed polyurethane foams
recovered from automotive shredder residue. This advanced form
of chemical recycling can yield materials that can then be reused
to form new polyurethane polymers that largely retain the properties
and functionality of the original materials.
This year’s recycling session
also will feature two papers detailing waste-to-energy research
that is being conducted to test polyurethanes as a fuel source.
Studies currently taking place in Europe and North America seek
to evaluate the use of polyurethane waste as a co-fuel source
in power, cement and lime production plants. At the conference,
representatives for each study will detail their findings, including
lab analysis of the raw material, ash and emissions. The presentation
on European activities may be of particular interest to some,
as waste sector regulations there are leading to landfill phase-out
in most central European countries starting in 2005.
The Polyurethanes 2005 Technical
Conference & Trade Fair offers more than 80 technical papers
on a wide variety of topics, including appliance applications;
automotive interior trim and structural RIM applications; and