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Innovative Opportunities in Upcycling Waste to Resources

  • August 2013
  • 60 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 1628614

Summary

Table of Contents

A 9-dimensional Dossier on Eliminating Waste Toward a Clean and Green Environment

This research service offers insights primarily on nine dimensions of waste upcycling technologies. It gives in-depth insights on their penetration and potential of the upcycling technologies in various industry sectors.

Research Outline

This research service offers insights on nine dimensions of waste upcycling technologies, highlighting their penetration, opportunities and prospects, and roadmap. The nine dimensions of the reports are:
•Year of impact
•Market potential
•Global footprint
•IP intensity
•Funding
•Breadth of industries
•Impact on megatrend
•Potential point of convergence
•Size of innovation ecosystem

Research Methodology

Primary Research
•Engineers
•CTOs/CEOs/CIOs
•Technical Architects
•Research Heads
•Strategic Decision Makers
•Technology Policy Heads

Secondary Research
•Technology Journals
•Periodicals
•Market Research Reports
•Technology Policy information Sites
•Internal Databases
•Thought Leader Briefings

The ‘Nine’ Dimensions that Power Technology Evaluation

Market Potential: Market prospects
Global Footprint: Technology adoption across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific
IP Intensity: Total patent filings / granted patents in that technology
Funding: Funds associated with technology development and penetration within the domain
Breadth Of Industries: Number of industries impacted
Megatrend Impact: Impact on megatrends
Potential Points Of Convergence: Technology convergence across clusters
Size of Innovation Ecosystem: Stakeholders involved in innovation
Year of Impact: Commercialization and wide-scale adoption

Key Findings

Waste upcycling technologies may have applications in various industries such as, chemicals, metals, food processing, textile, paper and pulp, sugar, leather, glass, petrochemical, polymer and so on.
It is expected that by 2018 waste upcycling technologies will be adopted at mass-scale globally.
In North America (NA) and Europe (EU), intense waste upcycling activities can be witnessed presently. The movements are mainly initiated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Commission. Waste upcycling activities in Asian countries have just started picking up and the pace is expected to match the NA and EU regions by 2018.
Heavy funding and incentives are provided for waste upcycling technology development and implementation in the NA and EU regions by government authorities.
The most number of patents are filed in China and USA followed by Japan. This indicates that Asian countries are not behind compared to the NA and EU countries. Adequate funding and support can help the implementation of upcycling technologies at commercial scale effectively.
Waste-to-energy technologies show immense potential to address the global energy depletion problem while ensuring a sustainable future.

Technology Overview

•Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products of higher value or better quality, or of better environmental value. Unlike the conventional recycling, which merely prolongs the lifespan of waste materials by extending their use, upcycling moves waste materials up the supply chain. This eliminates the use of virgin stock and reduces waste.
•The major and important waste upcycling technologies include pyrolysis, waste gasification, plasma gasification, anaerobic digestion, and so on. Recycling of waste materials to something of a higher value is also considered as upcycling.
•Upcycling can be adopted for various important applications such as, generating energy from waste in the form of diesel, electricity or heat, regenerating important and expensive chemicals from chemical wastes, converting plastic wastes into high-grade plastic, glass recycling and so on.
•The major advantages achieved through the processes of waste upcycling are environmentally sustainable waste management, significant waste minimization, regeneration of valuable materials and products, energy-efficient and economical waste treatment, reduction in effort and cost for waste disposal, generating revenue from wastes and so on.
•Waste upcycling methods can be adopted in various industries such as, chemical, metal, food processing, textile, paper and pulp, sugar, leather, glass, petrochemical, polymer and so on.
•In North America and Europe, waste upcycling technologies have rapidly gained attractiveness but in Asia, it took some time for upcycling technologies to be accepted and adopted at commercial scale. However, Asian countries are also witnessing rapid advancement in this segment.

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