Development of High Speed Multispectral Imaging for Sorting Automotive Plastics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84559
Award Id:
81106
Agency Tracking Number:
81079S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
566 Mainstream Drive, Suite 300, Nashville, TN, 37228
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
EdwardSommer
Dr.
(615) 734-6400
ejsommer@nrtsorters.com
Business Contact:
EdwardSommer
Dr.
(615) 734-6400
ejsommer@nrtsorters.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The recycling of materials has taken on increased importance in recent years, as society strives to conserve our nation¿s resources and improve the efficiency of energy useage. With respect to automobiles, about 15 million vehicles annually are discarded and processed through shredding by recycling companies for extraction of recyclable materials. Today, almost all metals are recycled. However, most non-metallic components, approximately 25% of the vehicle¿s weight, are not recycled and are landfilled. Because manufacturers are increasing the use of lightweight materials to improve fuel efficiency, technologies are needed to enable the recycling of these materials, especially automobile plastics. This project will develop a high-speed, electronic detection and sorting technology to identify durable automobile plastics as they flow in bulk quantities on a conveying system and to sort these plastics into marketable polymer fractions. This detection and sorting system will be applied to the recovery and recycling of automotive plastics derived from end-of-life automobile shredder plants. Phase I will assess the feasibility of constructing a high speed multispectral imaging system, which can be integrated with a materials sorting system, for the automated identification and sorting of polymers within a mixed-polymer stream of automotive plastic samples. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should enable an increased ability to recycle used automotive plastics, thereby conserving energy, conserving increasingly limited resources, and reducing the flow of materials to landfills. Additionally, the technology should find use in other applications, such as the recycling of electronic waste.

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