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What is a cooperative?
A cooperative is a legal entity run by „persons united voluntarily to meet their common […] aspirations“. In our vision this idea fits perfectly to AcoZystem and what we are trying to accomplish. We want to be the answer to a very simple question: „What can I do to fight plastic pollution beyond my individual footprint?“.
What does the name AcoZystem mean?
AcoZystem is our own creation and a play of words. First, it is directed at our franchisees. We build, maintain and grow an ECOSYSTEM where our franchisees can develop in a safe environment. Our full-service-package supports them to build on our experience and knowhow while offering plenty of opportunities to follow their entrepreneurial beliefs. In addition we want to highlight that we are committed to see the endeavor through – from A to Z. Every business model we develop will be holistic and comprehensive to ensure that we can be successful. So all in all, our name is our promise!
How can I join AcoZystem?
We are excited that you found us here. If our vision and ideas make you feel like you want to be a part of it, we happily invite you to join us. Just send us a message through this homepage (top right of the page) or any other channel (such as Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn) and we will sign you up. There is a mandatory one time membership investment of 250€ where you will be paid a 1% interest p.a.
Does AcoZystem produce pyrolysis machines?
No. Over the course of the past couple of years a handful of startups have established themselves in this niche market. These highly innovative companies are able to build machinery performing highly complex chemical processes in very compact size. These machines can come in different sizes and are designed with a great user interface to allow for easy operations. We are observing this market very closely and keep in touch with the most relevant players. This enables us to choose the most suitable equipment for every project.
Where can we find the ideal conditions to operate a pyrolysis plant?
Our research covered more than 150 countries worldwide. The ideal location is dependent on a number of conditions going from climatic and geographic to political and economical factors. Based on our current analysis we see (sub-) tropical islands (such as Malta, Hawaii, Jamaica or Mauritius) and countries of the Global South with underdeveloped recycling infrastructure (e.g. Namibia, Croatia, Mexico or Turkey) offering the best balance. But our concept lives and dies with our franchisees who know their environment much better than we ever will. So if you think of a specific location which could offer a good fit, let us know and we will evaluate it immediately and get back to you.
How can you support us?
As a young company with international ambitions we have a number of areas where we appreciate any help we can get. Everybody who feels connected to our vision and our values is invited to become a member of our cooperation and invest in our company. If you are already a member, but also if this is not relevant for you, we appreciate if you follow us on our social media channels and share our updates in your community. Especially when we have specific projects, we are excited for every helping hand. Feel free to send us a message so that we can get back to you with details.
What opportunities does AcoZystem offer for students?
We have years of experience guiding and supervising academic projects, reports and theses of any kind and a broad network into academia. We always welcome students who are looking for interesting challenges where they can prove themselves in the „real world“. Most of our activities evolve around marketing, sustainability, product development or economics and we can translate them into projects to be worked on for several weeks or months. If you are interested, feel free to send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is pyrolysis economically sustainable?
Yes. There are three major variables defining the profitablility of pyrolysis operations – energy cost, capital cost and the price of the input material. Our renewable energy concept enables us to keep the expenses for electricity low and stable. By cross-border-leasing the most critical and expensive equipment we can make use of favorable financing conditions in central Europe. The continuously increasing environmental awareness has most countries, especially of the Global South, establish fees for waste management which ultimately results in a negative price for local input material.
What is the life cycle assessment of pyrolysis?
Pyrolysis is using more energy than it is generating. Recycling plastic waste thermically (e.g. in a waste incineration plant) yields more energy than converting the same amount of material into naphta and char. But waste incineration plants are not suitable for small niche markets as they require huge amounts of input material. As a result plastic waste is landfilled where it is organically decomposed. This decomposition process emits roughly 250g of CO2 equivalents per kilogram of waste. Pyrolysis enables us to prevent these emissions while our naphta and char can replace raw materials which otherwise will be extracted from crude oil.
What does the energy concept for the plants look like?
The most pressing need for plastic recycling exists across most parts of the Global South. The majority of these countries offer great conditions for photovoltaik systems. Over the past years solar has developed into the cheapest source of electric energy. To stabilize the system and allow for continuous and efficient production we add micro wind power and storage systems.