The best of green chemistry

The model developed by NextChem involves an integrated platform of green chemistry technologies, including Upcycling, the quality mechanical recycling of plastic waste, chemical recycling of plastic and dry waste, and production of green hydrogen from renewable sources and electrolysis.
#1UpcyclingUpcycling of post-consumer plastics allows for quality products to be obtained by transforming plastic waste into a secondary raw material.
#2Chemical recyclingChemical recycling makes it possible to obtain circular chemicals and fuels from non-recyclable municipal waste.
#3Green HydrogenGreen hydrogen is the most sustainable type of hydrogen and is obtained through electrolysis technology from renewable sources.


Upcycling of post-consumer plastics is a technology that is able to recycle the polymers present into waste, producing a high-quality result. The process includes a careful selection phase, sorting by polymer and colour, and a volume reduction phase (shredding large plastic waste into flakes), then transforming the flakes into granules (small balls) of a certain colour with certain physical characteristics.

Upcycling makes it possible to obtain recycled materials with high performance qualities that can be used to replace virgin (petroleum-derived) plastics in a variety of application areas with fossil and CO2 savings. Upcycling gives waste plastics a second life as secondary raw materials and bridges the quality gap between recycled plastic and virgin plastic. MyReplast® Upcycling technology has high flexibility to process various types of plastic waste, both from industrial post-consumer sources (such as drums, footings, auto parts) and from urban post-consumer sources. Due to its high efficiency, Upcycling allows the recovery of up to 95% of the incoming plastic materials, ensures high quality of the end products by combining mechanical recycling and chemical treatment, enabling the production of high purity and quality plastics. Final products can also be made "tailor-made," because through a formulation and compounding stage, specific results can be achieved according to customer needs.


Chemical recycling

Our technological solution for chemical recycling (i.e. waste to chemical) allows us to obtain circular chemicals and fuels from plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled. These include waste resulting from the sorting process of plastic packaging from municipal waste, and what is known as Refused Derived Fuels (RDF), a fraction of unsorted waste that has undergone a qualitative selection.
NextChem’s technological solution allows for a syngas to be obtained by chemically converting carbon and hydrogen from waste via a partial oxidation process. They subsequently undergo a purification phase, which releases zero emissions into the atmosphere. The technology was created by JFE and has been used for years in Japan.
Chemical recycling

Synthesis gas, rich in H2 (hydrogen) and CO (carbon monoxide), but free of aromatic hydrocarbons, is a Circular Gas®, because it comes from post-consumer resources that are thereby recovered. Circular Gas® can be used as such, due to its reducing qualities, within production processes such as steelmaking, as a replacement for synthesis gas produced from methane or coal derivatives (such as carbon dust), lowering the climate-changing emissions generated, at a lower cost.

Using a range of technologies, Circular Gas® can be used to produce products including Circular Hydrogen®, Circular Methanol™, Circular Ethanol™ and ammonia – chemical products that can be used as fuels for sustainable mobility and as building blocks for the production of other derivatives, meaning chemical products that are essential in the production of all the things that surround us. These products have a lower carbon footprint compared to petroleum derivatives, making them instrumental in the transition towards a decarbonised, climate-friendly economy.

Chemical recycling

We can make Circular Hydrogen® using this technology at a competitive cost compared to conventional hydrogen already today, making it a possible solution for transitioning towards a fully developed green-hydrogen economy.

This technology differs from incineration, as chemical conversion is based on a partial oxidation process, without combustion, avoiding dioxin generation. The syngas from partial oxidation is converted into chemical products (no power generation). The process residues are inert and can be recovered for industrial applications.
There are no emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere, and the CO2 produced is offset by the CO2 saved by avoiding incineration. CO2 can also be neutralized adding green hydrogen production by electrolysis.

Circular Methanol™

Methanol is an important and highly versatile chemical used to produce hundreds of every-day products which improve our quality of life, such as clothing, adhesives, paint, pharmaceuticals and plywood. It is also a clean-burning and safe alternative to conventional fuels and a potential enabler for decarbonisation.

Today, methanol is mainly produced from synthesis gas obtained from fossil fuels. Circular Gas® enables the production of Circular Methanol™, replacing these non-renewable feedstocks.
To produce Circular Methanol™ , we have partnered with Johnson Matthey (JM), the world’s number one methanol synthesis technology and catalyst provider, and a global leader in sustainable technologies.

Using JM’s well proven technology and high-performance catalysts, Circular Gas® is purified, conditioned, and transformed into Circular Methanol™  in a synthesis loop which has been optimised for this application.

The process can also incorporate green hydrogen, which doubles the amount of methanol produced and leaves an almost neutral carbon footprint.

Finally, the crude Circular Methanol™ is purified in a custom-built distillation train to the required purity level. It can then go on to be converted into sustainable fuels and chemicals.

Chemical recycling

Green Hydrogen

The application of electrolysis from renewable energy sources enables the production of green hydrogen, the most sustainable version of hydrogen, with zero CO2 emissions. Maire Tecnimont has a great deal of experience in the production of traditional hydrogen, which it now wants to put at the service of the energy transition, developing the technologies of Blue Electric Hydrogen® (with CO2 capture and recovery), Circular Hydrogen® (obtained through chemical recycling) and green hydrogen, the most environmentally sustainable version of hydrogen, which is derived from water, wind, and sun and which is already a reality for us today.
Green Hydrogen