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CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN PRACTICE

The circular economy is an essential topic for the development of a comprehensive sustainability strategy in industry. In order to conserve natural resources or to plan resources at all while producing less waste and harmful emissions and substances, as many products and materials as possible are recycled in the circular economy.

The circular economy is of great importance. Five European national promotional banks and institutions and the European Investment Bank recently launched the Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) to accelerate and accelerate the transition to a sustainable circular economy in the European Union to promote.

From old to new

As a relevant industrial player in the circular economy, JC ECOMET has developed a highly efficient and environmentally friendly solution for the recycling of metal and electronic waste, among other things. Europeans alone now produce between 16 (Balkans) and 28 kilograms (Norway) only of electronic waste annually, Germany is around 22 and Switzerland around 26 kg per capita. That adds up to more than 44 million tons a year that can be reused in the cycle – at least in regions that have built up professional and stable collection systems.
At JC ECOMET, this waste is created through an innovative melting process in specially designed ECOMET furnaces with 4000 degrees Celsius or more, high-quality and sought-after metal alloys for industrial use.

Almost any type of scrap metal can be reused. In the industrial sector, all types of steel and aluminum-containing scrap such as production residues, faulty productions, fittings, supports, sheets, barrels, as well as lead, zinc, tin and also precious and semi-precious metals are among the valuable resources of the circular economy. Via collection points, private households are the suppliers of electronic devices, household appliances, metal packaging, batteries or metal parts from furniture, a further source of secondary raw materials.

Huge stocks of old solar panels

A JC ECOMET project in Upper Palatinate, Germany, in cooperation with the local branch of the Dutch Rinovasol Global Services B.V. The reprocessing and recycling of non-functional solar panels and solar panel aluminum frames is in advanced planning.

Solar power generation has become an important part of general power generation and will continue to grow at a global level. According to the World Economic Forum, around 70,000 solar panels will be installed per hour over the next five years, resulting in 1.68 million solar panels per day and 613 million per year. Solar panels typically contain about 76 glass, eight percent aluminum, one percent copper, some silver and other metals. A nearby plant i exchanges the aluminum frames of the solar modules for a durable and easy-to-open plastic frame. The glass is recycled by specialized glass manufacturers, the aluminum 100 percent using ECOMET technology.

Metals in electronic components such as junction boxes are also recovered by JC ECOMET, while adhering components such as plastic are broken up in an environmentally neutral manner and processed into harmless ash.

The total processing capacity of the project includes at least six ECOMETs with a total metal melting and recycling capacity of 360 to 540 tons per day or 126,000 to 189,000 tons per year.

Coffee capsules: A huge garbage problem

Coffee pods have steadily conquered the world (of coffee). They are quick, easy and offer the best taste. The Germans alone consume about two billion coffee capsules a year, which corresponds to 4000 tons of waste.

But how do you deal with all packaging waste? Very simple: the capsules are collected, crushed, the coffee is separated from the aluminum. JC ECOMET technology extracts metals in a single melting process without the shredded shells having to be cleaned further. Then the aluminum obtained is bought back from the coffee capsule manufacturers and the waste is seamlessly integrated into the circular economy.

The JC ECOMET Group is regularly represented in the media.