Chemical recycling “pioneer” Agilyx Corp. announced that it is leveraging its existing post-use plastic feedstock management system to create a new subsidiary company, Cyclyx International Inc. The overarching goal of Cyclyx is to dramatically increase the recyclability of post-use plastics with a priority on fully circular pathways. Cyclyx also will assist in the development of new supply chains that will aggregate and preprocess larger volumes of post-use plastics than current systems can support.
Agilyx has expertise in converting difficult-to-recycle post-use plastic waste streams into a variety of products, including circular virgin-like plastics, chemical intermediates, and fuels. Over the past 16 years, through extensive research and commercial operations, Agilyx claims to have developed the industry’s largest database and predictive analytics around the chemical complexity embedded in waste plastics.
In 2019 Agilyx entered into a partnership with General Electric to develop artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and predictive modeling (PM) and optimization tools that leverage Agilyx’s extensive data and domain knowledge to significantly increase plastic recycling rates for all post-use plastics, creating new recycling pathways.
The Cyclyx platform is designed as an industry consortium comprising partners across the value chain, which will enable Agilyx and GE to have much broader impact across industry sectors with innovative plastic recycling solutions. Cyclyx is currently establishing partnerships with companies in diverse sectors, including petrochemicals, waste and recycling, and retail, as well as municipalities. Over the coming months, Cyclyx will highlight these relationships through additional announcements.
“As a company striving to increase global plastic recovery, we have found that the data generated over our history can be used as a key tool to greatly expand and accelerate the recycling of post-use plastics,” stated Joe Vaillancourt, CEO of Agilyx. “We initially developed Cyclyx to help source plastic feedstocks appropriate for facilities we are currently developing on three different continents. We quickly discovered that our process was greatly needed by others in the advanced recycling as well as mechanical recycling industries. As a result, we have created Cyclyx so that Agilyx and many other companies can work together to help bridge that gap.”
GE noted that it has successfully developed and applied innovative digital solutions across its major industry sectors in aviation, energy, healthcare, and transportation that have delivered more efficient products and services and created hundreds of millions of dollars in new business value for GE and its customers. It has accomplished this by harnessing its deep industry domain knowledge and expertise in the physical sciences to inform and create new digital capabilities with AI, ML, and predictive modeling and analytics at GE’s Research Center. GE is now applying that model with Agilyx to deliver transformational improvements in plastics recycling.
“As we take on new datasets and challenges with new consortium partners, the AI team at GE Research will be able to build more robust analytics tools that not only expand industry applications but also lead to further improvements in recycling solutions,” said Pat Patnode, President and CEO, GE Licensing.