COSMOS Fenix® is a patented technology, funded and patented within the framework of two EU-LIFE projects, which transforms combustion residues, so-called fly ashes, into high-quality additives for, for instance, the plastics industry.
An extremely exciting business model, and at the same time an important contribution to the protection of our natural resources!
The project's unusually high return on investment is the result of the acquisition of fly ashes against disposal charges and the subsequent sale of the processed ashes as a high-quality additive ("COSMOS Fenix®") for the manufacture of plastic products.
A high level of environmental friendliness and resource conservation results from the return of a waste material that, as of today, can only be landfilled (currently approx. 4 million tonnes per year in Europe) into the economic cycle as a high-quality additive for product improvement.
The use of these waste-based additivesmeans that other expensive, scarce and sometimes harmful additives can be substituted cost-effectively and in an environmentally friendly manner.
Fly ash, in particular from waste incineration plants, is used in a chemical process to produce an inert material,"COSMOS Fenix®", by adding inexpensive or even free of charge other mineral substances. This material can be used as an additive in plastic products to give them, for example, strength-enhancing or flame-retardant properties.
This aggregate can - at lower selling prices - substitute other mineral materials such as calcium carbonate or talc, or even flame retardants based on bromine or antimony, for example. COSMOS Fenix® - helps to dispose of fly ash and recycle it This means that operators of waste incineration plants can be offered the disposal of fly ash, which currently has to be disposed of at a cost of EUR 130 to EUR 250 per ton, at significantly more favourable conditions, as it can be used to produce marketable high-quality products.
Manufacturers of plastic products or plastic intermediates (e. g. so-called "compounds") have an economic advantage in that more expensive substances with comparable effects can be substituted on the one hand, and on the other hand the use of this novel material as a flame retardant leads to increased security of supply.
Currently, China is a quasi-monopolist in the supply of antimony (approximately 86% market share), one of the most common basic materials for flame retardants. The global resources of antimony are expected to be exhausted in the near future. Therefore, and as a result of existing trade disputes between China and the EU, further scarcity and price increases for this important raw material of flame retardants are to be expected.