Jan Pels – TORWASH, a new system for bioplastics recycling
- Jan Pels
Jan Pels is a chemical engineer who develops technologies to convert biomass waste material into renewable fuels and other useful materials. The TORWASH technology platform is developed by Jan Pels at TNO. Commericalization is done by its spin-off company TORWASH BV. Recycling of biodegradable plastics is one of the newer applications that involves depolymerization and recycling of PLA and PHA. Combined with smart designs, it is possible to make recyclable composites, objects, packaging where PLA/PHA is combined with steel, fibers, etc. Without TORWASH these would not be recyclable.