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Chrysalis 40

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

February 2021
Gallery Chrysalis 40  1
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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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Label Date February 24, 2021
From France
Maturity stage Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • 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

The Financial benefits

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

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We develop a mobile, self-sufficient and profitable machine able to transform plastic wastes into energy.

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Headquarters 06100 Nice, France
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