Thermal Recycling in research collaboration
By Steve Ducker19 April 2021
Thermal Recycling and the University of Wolverhampton Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) have announced a collaboration where BRIC will instigate a research programme to further develop the understanding of Thermal’s asbestos conversion, or denaturing, process.
Thermal Recycling – also based in Wolverhampton in the English midlands – opened its demonstration plant in September 2020 to provide a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to asbestos disposal.
The company diverts asbestos away from landfill, converts it into a new material that does not contain asbestos, and produces a sustainable aggregate.
“This research will build on the analytical work that we’ve already carried out looking at the chemistry of Calmag, the new material created by our conversion process of cement-bound asbestos sheets,” said Thermal Recycling chairman Graham Gould.
The Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre was established in October 2017 with the support of the European Regional Development Fund programme, with the aim of providing support to local small and medium enterprises involved in brownfield remediation and redevelopment.
“We are excited to be working with, and supporting, Thermal Recycling in their innovative research to address the continuing issue of the safe disposal of asbestos,” said the centre’s manager Mark Schneider.