A successful raise of £985,950 will support Enval as the company ramps its commercial scale plant up to full capacity to extract valuable materials from plastic aluminium laminates.
Enval’s story began at the University of Cambridge when a bacon roll was microwaved for so long that it turned into a glowing mass of carbon. This sparked further experiments, resulting in the eventual formation of Enval: a solution that extracts 100% of usable aluminium (as well as fuel and other valuable materials) from the previously un-recyclable 160,000 tonnes of laminate packaging which enters the UK marketplace each year and inevitably ends up in landfill.
This process is based on microwave induced pyrolysis, which heats waste laminates (such as toothpaste tubes, pet food pouches, drinks pouches and cartons) in the absence of oxygen to extract valuable materials without emitting greenhouse gases or toxic emissions.
Where are they now?
In 2010 Enval constructed its pilot plant. The first commercial demonstration plant was built following investment and support from major multinational FMCG brands, including Nestlé, Kraft Foods and Mondel ēz International.
Enval is also part of a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) research programme to introduce plastic aluminium laminates into existing household recycling schemes.