The Plooto Pilots
CFRP waste for Drones
The remarkable weight-to-strength ratio of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites has rapidly increased their use in transport, enabling lighter weight, more fuel-efficient vehicles, renewable energy applications and design goods.
Plooto aims to increase the reuse efforts of CFRP waste and avoid the disposal of the waste for economic reasons and legislation restrictions.
WEEE for Magnets
There is a rapidly increasing demand for permanent magnets (PMs) in technological applications, with a 7% annual increase mainly boosted by electric vehicles and green energy technologies.
Plooto will focus on increasing the reuse of NdFeB and Strontium-ferrite (Sr-ferrite) permanent magnets (PMs) recovered by WEEE from magnet products. The possibility of recovering NdFeB PMs from WEEE brings many competitive advantages, such as a decreased dependency on third countries for the obtention of Nd (rare-earth element, i.e., critical raw material) to manufacture magnets in Europe, the obtention of a competitive secondary raw material source and the valorisation and reduction of WEEE landfilled.
Citrus processing waste for juice by-products
Citrus pellets are produced from orange peel, specifically from citrus waste, the residue originating usually from several citrus fruit varieties which includes the peel, pulp and seeds.
Plooto is focused on the recovery and reuse of EO from CPWW and CPW in order to produce d-Limonene and by-products such as molasses and animal feed. Plooto will focus in condensation of vapors from molasses concentration and centrifugation of the water/oil slurry produced by spraying water on squeezed peel, in terms of EO recovery which is contained in the peel and flavedo. These two phases yield the largest volume of CPWW.