Hub Project Summary
This “Green Manufacturing” Research Hub will create a unique opportunity for completely different industries to come together, with a common goal of creating value from mixed plastic and glass waste in manufacturing. Starting with fundamental investigations of the transformation behaviour of waste materials under high temperature conditions, we will develop scalable solutions for our manufacturing partners towards reducing the consumption of primary resources while simultaneously diverting waste streams from landfill.
Additionally, the potential of using such transformations to yield improved products such as wear-resistant grinding media and light-weight building materials will be established, thereby enhancing Australian manufacturing.
This Industrial Transformation Research Hub will develop scientifically-based solutions to some of the most challenging waste burdens within a framework particularly applicable to the Australian context. Building on successes in “green” steel manufacturing, the Research Hub will undertake world-leading research into the high temperature transformation of glass and plastic-rich waste streams into value-added manufacturing
intermediates and novel products. The Research Hub will assist Australian manufacturers achieve
sustainability targets, obtain new products from re-formed waste streams and enable them to become more
competitive at a global level through the development of ground-breaking processes and product