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Green Chemistry and Processes for the Environment Platform
The Green Chemistry and Processes for the Environment Platform develops materials and processes for environmental applications,
recycling, renewable energy components, hydrogen technologies, and carbon capture and recycling. The platform's philosophy is that the circular economy is an innovation driver. This means developing
processes that severely limit the use of critical materials, that have the recovery and recycling of materials built-in, and that include plans for reuse of materials in the original or related processes.
The platform is home to
experts in chemistry, chemical synthesis, chemical and physicochemical processes, and material forming processes. It is also staffed by people knowledgeable about
lifecycle analysis to ensure that the environmental impacts of the processes developed are limited.
Materials can be synthesized and eco-processed at the
pilot scale to facilitate scaling them up for industrial implementation.
CEA-Liten is leading efforts to develop a high-performance, economically competitive, and sovereign permanent magnet manufacturing industry in France. The recovery and recycling of critical materials will be one of its main pillars.
Plastics in multi-layer packaging can be particularly difficult to recycle. The CEA is engaged in the EU MERLIN project that aims at designing innovative solutions for recycling processes of these plastic materials. Its goal is to develop processes to reuse low-quality recycled polyethylene (rPE) from the delamination of rigid and flexible food packaging and recycled PET (rPET) from the delamination of flexible packaging.
Evidence of its commitment to the circular economy, CEA-Liten, a CEA Tech institute, has developed an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient method for recycling end-of-life solar photovoltaic panels.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.