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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Latvia 2019

Submitted by: SIA Thermowhite Baltic
Polystyrene recycling into insulation materials

Thermowhite has developed a special recycling technology that allows to treat hazardous waste and EPS waste and turn it into a high-quality raw material for insulation. The resulting extruded polystyrene granulate is then mixed with a special, mineral-based compound to form top quality insulation material, which can be used for floor, attic, and flat roof insulation.

Initial situation
There were only a few methods to collect and treat expanded and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS) that allow to use the output of this process for heat and noise insulation. Furthermore, existing solutions were CO2 intensive.

Thermowhite offers a more-step solution. First, waste is collected from the recycling points. All EPS and XPS waste is pressed into blocks and delivered to the company. Thermowhite has developed a new recycling method that allows to treat both types of polystyrene and turn it into granulate that can be used for insulation material. In case of a crack the insulation material can be dismantled and recycled, therefore ensuring circular economy.

The first innovation is the technology itself that allows to collect and recycling hazardous waste. Second, this solution can be cheaply adapted to any geographical location and its necessities. Third, the output material is of high enough quality to not only use it for insulation but also levelling out jobs, plane manufacturing, flat roofs and pool walls.

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Source: Wikipedia 2012