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Engineers and scientists all over the world are challenged by the waste problem on horizon. An engineer who claims to have a solution is Michael Vainer, inventor and founder of Polymeric Powders Company. According to the magazine, he has been trying to develop solutions for tire waste for more than a decade and a half. New rubber devulcanization technology Michael Vainer is an engineer looking at how to solve end-of-life tire problem. While Vainer’s company website reveals few details, he is known to have conducted a lot of research and holding many patents. Vainer company Polymeric Powders’ process takes in raw materials from tire shredders, applies thermal processing followed by a cracking process, then combines the resulting powders with common plastics. The resulting composite material is provided as masterbatch pellets for injection molding or extrusion, or as filament for 3D printing.
Episode 22 of the Tyre Recycling Podcast features the team of ECO Green Equipment – Brad Swenson and Andres Salazar. The two founders sat down with Ewan Scott to discuss their company's work and role in tyre recycling in multiple areas.
According to recent media release, Rice University lab’s optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions, which could be be where the rubber truly hits the road. Rice University scientists have optimized a process to convert waste from end-of-life rubber and tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete. The environmental benefits of adding graphene to concrete are clear, chemist James Tour says. “Concrete is the most-produced material in the world, and simply making it produces as much as 9% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions,” Tour said. “If we can use less concrete in our roads, buildings and bridges, we can eliminate some of the emissions at the very start.”