Partnership Stichting OPEN en Team CORE

Stichting OPEN en Team CORE, een studententeam van de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), gaan een partnership aan en starten een pilot om metalen uit e-waste te recyclen.

Team CORE heeft een technologie ontwikkeld die het mogelijk maakt om de metalen uit afgedankte elektrische en elektronische apparaten (e-waste) weer terug te brengen naar pure elementen. Dit idee sluit naadloos aan op de ambitie van Stichting Organisatie Producentenverantwoordelijkheid E-waste Nederland (OPEN) om de e-wastesector circulair te maken.Team CORE en Stichting OPEN streven ernaar in het najaar van 2020 een pilot te starten, die een proef en een haalbaarheidsstudie zal omvatten.

Wij gaan eigenlijk op een hele simpele manier metalen recyclen, vertelt Dirk van Meer, teamcaptain van Team CORE. “Namelijk zoals de aarde dat zelf ook doet, maar dan sneller, want de aarde doet er zelf drie miljoen jaar over. CORE wil in 2024 een fabriek operationeel hebben die vijftigduizend ton afval per jaar kan verwerken. Nu is het nog een computermodel, maar eind juli hopen we een proof of concept te hebben. Een reactor waarin e-waste wordt verwerkt.” De naam CORE verwijst naar de kern van de aarde waar een soortgelijk proces plaatsvindt onder hoge temperatuur en hoge druk.

Het is prachtig om te zien dat ook op het gebied van e-waste innovatieve circulaire initiatieven vorm krijgen, aldus Jan Vlak, projectdirecteur van Stichting OPEN. “OPEN streeft ernaar om de huidige e-wastemarkt te herstructureren en te stroomlijnen en in verregaande partnerships samen de inzameling en recycling van e-waste naar een nog hoger plan te tillen. Een partnership tussen Team CORE en Stichting OPEN past mooi bij die ambitie.”

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Voor vragen kunt u contact opnemen met:

Frank Witte, woordvoerder mobiel 06 – 5373 6170 of e-mail f.witte@creativevenue.nl.

Over Stichting OPEN

StichtingOrganisatie Producentenverantwoordelijkheid E-waste Nederland (OPEN) is in december 2019 opgericht door 2.000 producenten van onder meer witgoed, ICT, audio- en visuele apparatuur, gereedschappen, armaturen en zonnepanelen. Gezamenlijk beogen de producenten om met ingang van 2021 de e-wastesector circulair te maken en de wettelijke doelstellingen voor producenten te behalen. Meer informatie: www.stichting-open.org.

Vacancy Technical Member – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

About Team CORE

Team CORE is an official student team of the TU/e. We focus on enabling the recycling of waste streams that are hard to process, like batteries, car waste and polluted soil. For this we use elementary retraction, a technology based on our own planet, that brings the waste back into its elementary state. Apart from designing and testing this technology we are also heavily involved in setting up actual factories where our technology is used. Together with IVER we are setting up a factory in the north of the Netherlands in Delfzijl and are currently investigating the options to build a second and third one in Duiven and Haps.

What does the job imply?

As member you are part of the executive part of the student team. You are specifically responsible for the pyrolysis and melting part of the technology. Elementary retraction is divided into two core technologies, of which the first is pyrolysis and the second melting. As responsible member you perform experiments with current installations on and off campus. You are also involved in the build of a proof of concept for our battery pyrolysis installation or with the current test oven and be heavily involved in the design and building of the ovens on the actual locations.

What do we offer?

  • Fun group of peers
  • Improve your CV
  • Coaching from experts and CEO’s
  • Career opportunities (even to the actual company)
  • Room for your own ideas and innovations
  • Broad and diverse network on and off campus
  • Real Hands on experience
  • Possibility to develop your technical skills

This function requires:

  • 6-8 hours a week
  • Technical knowhow and background
  • Will to get hands dirty and work on real prototypes

Interested? Contact us via:

Telephone:         0681696508

WhatsApp:         0681696508

Website:              www.core-chemistry.com

Mail:                      info@core-chemistry.com

Vacancy Technical Member – Chemistry or Physics

About Team CORE

Team CORE is an official student team of the TU/e. We focus on enabling the recycling of waste streams that are hard to process, like batteries, car waste and polluted soil. For this we use elementary retraction, a technology based on our own planet, that brings the waste back into its elementary state. Apart from designing and testing this technology we are also heavily involved in setting up actual factories where our technology is used. Together with IVER we are setting up a factory in the north of the Netherlands in Delfzijl and are currently investigating the options to build a second and third one in Duiven and Haps.

What does the job imply?

As member you are part of the executive part of the student team. You are specifically responsible for the pyrolysis and melting part of the technology. Elementary retraction is divided into two core technologies, of which the first is pyrolysis and the second melting. As responsible member you perform experiments with current installations on and off campus. You are also involved in the build of a proof of concept for our battery pyrolysis installation or with the current test oven and be heavily involved in the design and building of the ovens on the actual locations.

What do we offer?

  • Fun group of peers
  • Improve your CV
  • Coaching from experts and CEO’s
  • Career opportunities (even to the actual company)
  • Room for your own ideas and innovations
  • Broad and diverse network on and off campus
  • Real Hands on experience
  • Possibility to develop your technical skills

This function requires:

  • 6-8 hours a week
  • Technical knowhow and background
  • Experience with modelling and research (or will to learn)

Interested? Contact us via:

Telephone:         0681696508

WhatsApp:         0681696508

Website:              www.core-chemistry.com

Mail:                      info@core-chemistry.com

Vacancy Finance & Promotion

About Team CORE

Team CORE is an official student team of the TU/e. We focus on enabling the recycling of waste streams that are hard to process, like batteries, car waste and polluted soil. For this we use elementary retraction, a technology based on our own planet, that brings the waste back into its elementary state, as explained in the video. Apart from designing and testing this technology we are also heavily involved in setting up actual factories where our technology is used. Together with IVER we are setting up a factory in the north of the Netherlands in Delfzijl and are currently investigating the options to build a second and third one in Duiven and Haps.

What does the job imply?

As member you are part of the executive part of the student team. You will be working mostly on tasks like recruitment of new partners and students, and attracting new funds, sponsors and subsidies. Within the team there is the possibility to further develop yourself on related (or unrelated) skills and also work on for instance more technical tasks.

What do we offer?

  • Fun group of peers
  • Improve your CV
  • Coaching from experts and CEO’s
  • Career opportunities(even to the actual company)
  • Room for your own ideas and innovations
  • Broad and diverse network on and off campus
  • Possibility to develop your social skills

This function requires:

  • 6-8 hours a week
  • Photoshop skills (or will to learn)
  • Will to pitch and present or work on presentations
  • Will to talk to students and partners
  • Interested in finance

Interested? Contact us via:

Telephone:          0681696508

WhatsApp:          0681696508

Website:              www.core-chemistry.com

Mail:                     info@core-chemistry.com

Vacancy Finance & Promotion

About Team CORE

Team CORE is an official student team of the TU/e. We focus on enabling the recycling of waste streams that are hard to process, like batteries, car waste and polluted soil. For this we use elementary retraction, a technology based on our own planet, that brings the waste back into its elementary state, as explained in the video. Apart from designing and testing this technology we are also heavily involved in setting up actual factories where our technology is used. Together with IVER we are setting up a factory in the north of the Netherlands in Delfzijl and are currently investigating the options to build a second and third one in Duiven and Haps.

What does the job imply?

As member you are part of the executive part of the student team. You will be working mostly on tasks like recruitment of new partners and students, and attracting new funds, sponsors and subsidies. Within the team there is the possibility to further develop yourself on related (or unrelated) skills and also work on for instance more technical tasks.

What do we offer?

  • Fun group of peers
  • Improve your CV
  • Coaching from experts and CEO’s
  • Career opportunities(even to the actual company)
  • Room for your own ideas and innovations
  • Broad and diverse network on and off campus
  • Possibility to develop your social skills

This function requires:

  • 6-8 hours a week
  • Photoshop skills (or will to learn)
  • Will to pitch and present or work on presentations
  • Will to talk to students and partners
  • Interested in finance

Interested? Contact us via:

Telephone:          0681696508

WhatsApp:          0681696508

Website:              www.core-chemistry.com

Mail:                     info@core-chemistry.com

Vacancy Board Member Pyrolysis

About Team CORE

Team CORE is an official student team of the TU/e. We focus on enabling the recycling of waste streams that are hard to process, like batteries, car waste and polluted soil. For this we use elementary retraction, a technology based on our own planet, that brings the waste back into its elementary state. Apart from designing and testing this technology we are also heavily involved in setting up actual factories where our technology is used. Together with IVER we are setting up a factory in the north of the Netherlands in Delfzijl and are currently investigating the options to build a second and third one in Duiven and Haps.

What does the job imply?

As board member you are part of the managerial part of the student team. You are specifically responsible for the pyrolysis part of the technology. Elementary retraction is divided into two core technologies, of which the first is pyrolysis and the second melting. As responsible board member you oversee experiments with current installations on and off campus. You are also involved in the build of a proof of concept for our battery pyrolysis installation and be heavily involved in the design and building of the ovens on the actual locations.

What do we offer? Fun group of peers Improve your CV Coaching from experts and CEO’s Career opportunities (even to the actual company) Room for your own ideas and innovations Broad and diverse network on and off campus Real Hands on experience Possibility to develop your leadership and technical skills This function requires: 8-10 hours a weekTechnical knowhow and backgroundWill to make hands dirty

Interested? Contact us via:

Telephone:         0681696508

WhatsApp:         0681696508

Website:              www.core-chemistry.com

Mail:                      info@core-chemistry.com

Current Projects

Project YELLOWSTONE

Within project Yellowstone the technology of pyrolysis and melting, combined in elementary retraction, is investigated and implemented within North Brabant. The main partners in this project are BOM, Brainport Development, MRE Stimuleringsfonds, TU/e and CORE. The targeted waste streams consist out of sludge, batteries, pyrolysis waste and many more waste streams.

Project PFAS

Within project PFAS an alternative technology for remediation of polluted soil. The technology used is developed within the ‘extra-innovation time’ of two students (Niels Bongers and Dirk van Meer) within CORE. The technology has been further developed by order of Schiphol and is now currently in transition towards its first POC installation on site.

Project IVER BV

Within project IVER BV the technology of melting, is implemented in the north of the Netherlands (Delfzijl). In the old Ensartech installation our technology will be installed and operated in order to recycle pyrolysis waste, car materials and polluted soil. The main partners in this project are NOM, TONNON BV, AMBIENT, Eekels TBI and CORE.

Project ETNA

Within project Etna, the technology of melting, is implemented in Gelderland on the innofase terrain in Duiven. The goal of this project is to build an improved version of the IVER BV installation. The installation will be able to process 4 times as much waste per year as its northern sister (120.000 Tons per year).  The key partners in this project are ECO Architecten, Municipality Duiven, IVER, CORE and Waterboard Rijn & Ijssel. The targeted waste streams are polluted sludge, car waste and many more.

Project Proof of Concept Pyrolysis

This is a fully internal project, in which the art of pyrolysis is translated into the current age of green technology. As ideal technology for battery recycling and e-waste treatment the next generation pyrolysis installation is designed within the student team.

Project Proof of Concept Melting

This is another internal project, in which we are using our own oven to test the opportunities of elementary retraction. The installation will be delivered to the student team in June 2020 and will be fully operational. The key steps within this project is the development of the scrubbing installations and the performance of experiments.

Vacancy Board Member Finance & Promotion

About Team CORE

Team CORE is an official student team of the TU/e. We focus on enabling the recycling of waste streams that are hard to process, like batteries, car waste and polluted soil. For this we use elementary retraction, a technology based on our own planet, that brings the waste back into its elementary state, as explained in the video. Apart from designing and testing this technology we are also heavily involved in setting up actual factories where our technology is used. Together with IVER we are setting up a factory in the north of the Netherlands in Delfzijl and are currently investigating the options to build a second and third one in Duiven and Haps.

What does the job imply?

As board member you are part of the managerial part of the student team. You are specifically responsible for recruitment of new partners and students, and attracting new funds, sponsors and subsidies. Apart from this you are responsible for the overall team spirit and organizing the coaching sessions (8 times a year).

What do we offer?

  • Fun group of peers
  • Improve your CV
  • Coaching from experts and CEO’s
  • Career opportunities(even to the actual company)
  • Room for your own ideas and innovations
  • Broad and diverse network on and off campus
  • Possibility to develop your leadership and pitch skill

This function requires:

  • 8-10 hours a week
  • Precise and accurate attitude (or the desire to learn this)
  • Will to pitch and present

Interested? Contact us via:

Telephone:          0681696508

WhatsApp:          0681696508

Website:              www.core-chemistry.com

Mail:                     info@core-chemistry.com

Active online presence

It is finally time. After some consideration the team has decided that there needs to be a stronger online presence. To do this we’re now actively going to update our followers on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. On top of that we’re also redesigning the website completely. Due to this redesign the website may not accurately represent the correct information over the coming days.

Team CORE is a student team from the Eindhoven University of Technology. By making use of a process called elementary retraction we are trying to bring us one step closer to the zero-age, a time where all waste ends up as new raw materials.

The Earth

We draw our inspiration from the earth itself. Our planet has been performing elementary retraction for as long as it exists. Waste drops to the ocean floor and sinks into the core of the earth, which is how we get our name. It is then heated up and eventually ends up on top again after millions of years trough natural processes like volcanic eruptions. The problem with this is that society progresses at such a pace that the earth can’t keep up anymore. That is why we are going to bring this technique down to an industrial scale.

The Technical Problem

In most cases elementary retraction is fairly easy to apply, since most waste streams contain closely mixed materials. However, in the case of e-waste, the stream contains a highly complex mixture of dozens of elements in a matrix of plastic and silicon. With batteries, which is what we are currently working on, it gets even worse as they contain volatile materials as well. This makes mechanical separation both hazardous and complex, and in the case of chips nearly impossible.

The Solution: Elementary Retraction

Elementary retraction avoids these issues and aims to recover these materials by heating them to fairly high temperatures in a reactor, exceeding their melting points, up to 1450 °C. This causes plastics to be incinerated and the metals to melt or vaporize (e.g. zinc and cadmium, both commonly found in batteries, have boiling points of 907 °C and 767 °C respectively). By doing this we form three layers.

Layer 1: Gases

At these temperatures organic contaminants (including toxic substances like PFOS) fall apart into their constituent elements, which are then oxidized. This process produces various gases like CO, CO2 and NOx. Plastic containing bromine-based fire retardants result in the production of Br2. Therefore, we make use of a gas washing installation. We, for instance, remove CO by using catalytic converters, with the CO2 being cleaned by using an amine-installation.

Layer 2: Slag

Through the addition of sand SiO2, a slag layer is formed. This slag layer absorbs contaminants such as silicon and oxides. The viscosity of the slag is maintained through balancing between acidic and basic components – with SiO2 as an acidic and CaO as a basic component for example. This slag viscosity is a crucial factor within our process and is carefully maintained to allow slag to flow freely and to improve exchange speeds between the 3 layers. After cooling down rapidly, the slag remains amorphous resulting in a glassy black substance: obsidian. This can be used for construction projects; in roads and buildings.

Layer 3: Metals

The metals, after melting, combine into a third layer below the slag, since they are heavier. Various alloys are then formed, depending on the phase compositions. These are analyzed using thermodynamics software. After melting and separation, the metal layer can be poured off. The different elements can be separated using hydrometallurgical processes, for example by dissolving them, and then applying electrolysis or precipitation to separate specific elements.

Temperature and Energy

To reach these temperatures, the mixture is initially heated up electrically or with burners. Once a certain temperature is reached, the organic compounds (other waste) that we add to the mix will start reacting as well, producing additional heat. The goal of the mixture is then to have the right ratio of exothermic to endothermic components. At the same time the mixture also has to have enough carbon present to avoid oxidizing the metals at any particular temperature. We like to call this mixture the “smart mix”. This smart mix reduces the amount of consumed energy significantly, while also presenting the possibility to process other waste streams together with e-waste, making it not only a very sustainable solution but also financially interesting.

Model

As the specific composition of the different e-waste streams can vary, we are working on a procedure for determining the right amount of slag, the optimal temperature, viscosity and so on. This includes mass balances, energy balances, separation rates, thermodynamic models on the alloying, slag-forming and oxidation behaviors and viscosity predictions