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Plastics challenge – Diverting end of life vehicle plastics from landfills

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Description

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) are seeking environmentally acceptable and cost-effective technologies that will enable the diversion of End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) plastics from landfills and their conversion into valuable materials and/or molecules.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

The program will fund projects that proposed solutions on diverting end of life vehicle plastics from landfills:

  • Phase 1
  1. Describe a complete strategy for the conversion of ELVs plastics into valuable materials and/or molecules.
    • ‘Plastics’ refers to all types of polymers (thermoplastics, thermosets and rubbers, filled or unfilled).
    • Example end products ‘materials’ include (but are not limited to) polymers, solid carbons (e.g. carbon black, graphite, etc.) or other valuable materials that can further be used in manufactured products.
    • Example end products ‘molecules’ include valuable chemicals, monomers or fuels.
  2. Present a clear pathway to commercialization and industrial implementation;
  3. Be scalable;
  4. Integrate well with the current processes and infrastructures used for ELVs recycling in Canada;
  5. Result in a laboratory-scale or pilot-scale prototype system that:
    • Enables the conversion of at least 40% of ELVs plastics into valuable materials and/or molecules, as demonstrated at the laboratory or pilot-scale;
    • Has the potential to enable the separate recovery of toxic substances;
    • Once scaled-up, has the potential to operate at throughputs equivalent to those of ELVs recycling facilities (50 tons / hour and more);
    • Has the potential to bring environmental benefits compared to the current landfilling practice, as demonstrated by early Life Cycle Analysis (LCA);
    • The final Phase 1 report should include the analysis of the cost component of the process and the potential value generated by this technology in order to demonstrate that it is a cost-effective strategy.
  • Phase 2
  1. Lead to an automated, safe-to-operate, hands-off operation, semi-industrial scale or industrial scale system that:
    • Enables the conversion of at least 60% of ELVs plastics into valuable materials and/or molecules, as demonstrated at the semi-industrial or industrial scale
    • Enables the separate recovery of toxic substances, as demonstrated at the semi-industrial or industrial scale;
    • Is capable of operating at throughputs equivalent to those of ELVs recycling facilities (50 tons / hour and more), as demonstrated at the semi-industrial or industrial scale;
    • Brings environmental benefits compared to the current landfilling practice, as demonstrated by Life Cycle Analysis (LCA);
    • The final Phase 2 report should include the analysis of the cost component of the process and the potential value generated by this technology in order to demonstrate that it is a cost-effective strategy.

Deadline Date

  Closing date: May 28, 2020 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Contact

Contact Name: Government of Canada

E-mail Address: solutions@canada.ca

Website: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00092.html

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