First plastic road in place by next year
DUTCH company KWS expects to have its plastic road, first reported on in Wheels in 2015, installed by end of 2017.
A subsidiary of VolkerWessels, KWS recently announced an agreement to develop the PlasticRoad with plastic pipe experts Wavin and oil and gas company Total.
The PlasticRoad concept, first introduced in 2015 by KWS, entails recycling plastic waste into lightweight modules with hollow interiors that can be fitted with cables and plastic pipes and allow excess water to drain.
The pre-fabricated units will be easy to transport, assemble and maintain, and the lighter weight means the ground will be less prone to subsidence.
The objective is to create a road with a smaller ecological footprint than traditional road systems.
When the elements reach their end of life expectancy they can be recycled again, contributing to a circular economy and cleaner environment.
Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma, the inventors of PlasticRoad, said in a statement: “Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad. We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017.”
KWS director Rolf Mars added: “Wavin and Total believe in the PlasticRoad concept and I have every confidence in a constructive and successful collaboration.”
Jan Willem Viets, director of Wavin Nederland, said: “Being part of the development of PlasticRoad fits in the strategy of Wavin to provide innovative plastic solutions for the building industry. This is a great chance to develop a new way of road building together with other market leaders in this business.”
Xavier Bontemps, senior vice-president for Total’s Polymers Business Unit, said Total supports initiatives that reduce its carbon footprint, including the use and development of renewable biosourced and recycled feedstocks, in line with its commitment to better energy.
Bontemps said: “We are delighted to be working on this promising flagship project and to share our expertise in polymer solutions and recycling processes. This agreement is aligned with our commitment to using renewable and recycled sources and reducing the carbon footprint for the markets we serve.”
An artist’s impression of the plastic road which three Netherlands companies aim to put in place by the end of 2017.