Chrysalis 40

Gallery Chrysalis 40  1
Gallery Chrysalis 40  1
February 2021
Headquarters 06100 Nice, France

Chrysalis 40 - Turning plastic waste into a source of energy and employment in developing countries

Earthwake created a low-tech pyrolizer capable of turning plastic waste into energy: the Chrysalis 40. The device combines two technologies: pyrolysis and distillation. Pyrolisis is combustion without oxygen that melts plastic waste. Once distilled and cooled, plastic is turned into diesel, gasoline, and gas. Gas is then reused to power the machine. The Chrysalis only recycles polyethylene and polypropylene, which represent 70% of non-recycled plastics. Therefore, Earthwake's solution is complementary to mechanical recycling. Chrysalis 40 represents a mobile, self-sufficient, and profitable alternative able to transform 40 kg of plastics per cycle into 40L of diesel fuel. Chrysalis 40 aims to create a local circular economic model, by providing alternatives to landfilling and incineration, especially in communities that need it most.

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Key features

  • 40 KG of plastics transformed into 40 L of diesel fuel per cycle
  • 48 tons of plastics wastes transformed into energy every year thanks to the Chrysalis
  • 70% of the plastics wastes transformed by the Chrysalis are non-recyclable wastes
  • 80% reduction of CO2 emission in France compared to a traditional fossil extraction scenario
  • 50% reduction of CO2 emission on the territories using landfilling


  • 3-4 years payback time
  • Creation of 2 directs jobs and 5 indirects jobs
  • €50 000.00: the price of the Chrysalis

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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