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12 January 2012 | PR 12/5

Loughborough University to be part of green fuel revolution


Loughborough University is joining forces with waste solutions company Cynar to help commercialise their unique technology that transforms plastic waste into diesel.

Cynar was established in 2004 to find solutions to waste problems.  Its technology diverts end of life plastic, including plastic carrier bags, from landfill by utilising their energy content to produce synthetic fuels.  These fuels are cleaner, low in sulphur and in the case of diesel, refined to meet the required EU specifications.

At Loughborough academics from the University’s Department of Chemistry will use their expertise to analyse in detail the chemical processes that happen as the waste plastic materials are broken down.  The partnership will see the installation of a lab-scale Cynar recycling plant at the University.

The first full scale plant is already operating in Ireland.  The second plant has been awarded planning permission in the UK with recycling and resource management company SITA/Suez Environment.  Cynar has agreed an exclusive £70 million contract with SITA/Suez Environment for a total of ten plants.

Dr Steve Christie, who will be leading Loughborough’s involvement with Cynar, said: “We are delighted to be able to play a part in the development of this exciting new technology.  We will be analysing the chemicals involved, identifying them and trying to understand more about their chemical mechanism.  This will enable Cynar to optimise their systems.  Over time we will also look at other more difficult plastics to see if they can be used in similar recycling processes.”

Cynar’s CEO, Michael Murray said: “We are delighted to be working with Loughborough University on research and development projects relating to our unique technology.  We believe that Loughborough has the experience and proven capability to assist Cynar in retaining its position as the global leader for the conversion of end of life plastics to liquid fuels.”


For all media enquiries contact:

Judy Wing
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: J.L.Wing@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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