The world’s first off-grid, industrial grade recycling plant has been developed which converts trash in architectural building tiles using solar power.
Trashpresso is a solar-powered recycling plant housed on a 40-foot container platform that is movable anywhere by trailer truck. It is powered by a solar-charged energy storage unit housed on a separate 20-foot container platform.
It can process trash such as plastic bottles, and transform them into building tiles.TheTrashpresso can upcycle any thermoplastic that has a melting point lower than its burning point.
Trashpresso compacts the recycling process into five simple steps: shredding, washing, air drying, dehumidifying, and baking. In addition, an air and water filter minimizes the environmental impact of the operations.
It can upcycle up to 50KG of waste per hour. Waste is converted into architectural tiles that have both a utilitarian and raw material value. The tiles are very versatile and resistant, allowing for a wide variety of applications. They can be used decoratively as interior or exterior decoration finishes or serve as flooring.
When waste are compressed into the tile format, recyclable material is less bulky and therefore less costly to transport, facilitating transport to an industrial facility. At a recycling plant, the tiles can be once up-cycled through cycles such as yarning, injection, or extrusion.
The machine was created by Berlin and London-based furniture design company Pentatonic, which works with Starbucks to turn coffee waste into furniture items.
With numerous countries struggling with capacity issues, the off-grid solution is a timely introduction.