Synova – inspired by the cycle of nature

Synova was inspired by the cycle of nature and a strong desire to find a solution that works, therefore they developed a technology that will turn the dream of a plastic circular economy into a reality. 

Part of what makes Synova special is its close and ongoing partnership with TNO. Indeed, through a joint venture with TNO, Synova has rights to new intellectual property developed within its field of use. With more than 3500 employees across a multitude of disciplines, including 60 scientists in the domain in which Synova operates, TNO acts as an extension of Synova’s R&D capability, giving it deep technical benches in the industry.


Synova to revolutionise plastic recycling

Synova together with Technip Energies have developed a process to convert plastic-rich waste, such as DKR 350, back into its original building blocks, including ethylene, propylene, butadiene, and benzene. This process involves cracking solid waste at similar conditions to traditional steam cracker unit that is used for fossil feedstocks. The resulting products are then cleaned and separated to a quality that enables them to be added to existing petrochemical recovery units. 

This recycling process has two key features: 

  • Bypassing existing crackers
  • Allowing contaminated feedstocks to be used, including glass, stones, paper, and food residues. 

This results in cheap feedstocks, high product yields, and significant Co2 reduction. 

Synova’s technology is able to process mixed plastic waste, including plastic content of MSW, that has not been able to be economically recycled through other means, to create higher value molecules through its process that can be used in numerous applications. Not only their actions foster circularity, but also their machines are powered by the residual tars which are broken down and used as fuel and have a gas cleanup system (e.g. OLGA), which makes the resultant gas more usable. 

Because Synova is committed to chemical recycling, it has been featured as a showcase in the HCH’s latest brochure ‘Chemical Recycling in Circular Perspective’, now available digitally  ‘Chemical Recycling in Circular Perspective