Innovative recycling plants
9-Tech is a new innovative start-up that studies and prototypes new processes and pilot plants in the context of circular economy, in particular technology for the recovery of strategic metals from e-waste. Several promising researches were performed in laboratories of the University of Padova (PV panels recycling, PCBs recycling recovery of Neodymium from permanents magnets, Recovery of Tantalum from end-of life capacitors) and they should be tested at pilot scale before reaching industrial applications.
Among the technologies under studying, the one with higher TRL concerns PV waste recycling. In particular, during the 9PV project, it is under development and construction a prototype for the profitable recovery of raw materials from end-of-life PV panels.
The main business deal of the company is to realize and sell, in Italy and Europe, these recycling plants that will allow to recover more materials and with higher purity in comparison with existing solutions. The start-up already has high experience and know-how on PV waste treatment gained before and during ReSiELP research project. 9-tech can also provide assistance in the engineering of other pilot plants.