Alucha Resources through innovation
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Alucha, a company that develops innovative recycling solutions. We turn laminate plastics and other complex materials back into re-usable resources.

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Our new website is now online! Go to www.alucha.com and let us know what you think!

26-02-2015 • 10:28

This February, we will launch a new Alucha website. Will let you know when it's there!

02-02-2015 • 12:31

Last July Alucha signed a partnership with Andritz AG to jointly roll-out our solution for plastic-aluminium waste.

02-02-2015 • 12:31

We believe in a future where energy is abundant and clean.

We believe in a future where the planet’s resources are managed locally and efficiently.

We believe in a future where waste does not exist.

While we work towards that future, we believe we must improve today’s management of the planet’s resources. Instead of discarding used resources and mining the planet for new ones, let’s re-use them! We only have this one planet! Let’s advance it towards the future!

Who we are

We are a team of technical and environmentally aware entrepreneurs. With backgrounds in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering. physics as well as business, we combine a broad range of knowledge. More than 10 years ago, we started Alucha. Our mission: to use all our joint expertise to develop advanced recycling solutions. Solutions that contribute to an economically and ecologically sustainable development of our planet.
Complementing the Alucha core team below, we have a wealth of people that we cooperate with on our projects. They include teams of experts at Andritz, Twente University and SCA, as well as several senior executives and industry advisors. Since 2015, Alucha also has a Supervisory Board, consisting of Mr. Roelof Prins (Chairman) and Mr. Aart Jan Vos.

Alucha’s achievements over the years have made us appear in various media and we have also won several awards. We are especially proud to have won the highly prestigious European Commission’s “Best of the Best” Award for environmental projects, and the special certificate of recognition that we received with SCA at the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards, for our ongoing development of a paper sludge recycling solution.

Gijs Jansen

An experienced engineer and project manager, Gijs Jansen is Alucha's Managing Director. Gijs has been involved in practically all aspects of the business: from R&D and engineering to operations, new business development and strategy. Prior to founding Alucha, Gijs worked for several years as a project engineer for US engineering firm Fluor Daniel. He also worked for Ford motor company and Renault. Gijs holds an M.Sc degree in mechanical engineering from Delft University, an MBA from IESE Business School, and is an alumnus of both Harvard and Lausanne University.

Hans Cool

A former management consultant with a degree in experimental physics, Hans Cool runs Alucha's finance department. As Financial Director, Hans has taken the company from a small start-up funded by entrepreneurs' money to a well-established SME. Hans has been instrumental in securing both private and public financing not only for Alucha itself but also for the 1st pyrolysis plant (a €8M investment), serving as a dual CFO for that project. He is also responsible for Alucha's HR and IT needs. Before obtaining his MBA degree from IESE Business School, Hans worked for the Rotterdam office of OC&C Strategy Consultants. He holds an M.Sc in physics from Delft University as well as a B.Sc. in Economics from Erasmus University.

Ignacio Lopez

Ignacio Lopez is Alucha’s Operations Director. He’s responsible for the technological development of all its projects and to provide support to its engineers. Prior to joining Alucha, Ignacio worked for paper mill Stora Enso Barcelona. Here he was hired to start-up its Pyrolysis Plant for recycling used beverage cartons. He successfully put this completely novel system to work, conceiving and implementing many improvements over the years. At the same time he led the 10 plant operators to ensure its 365/24/7 continuous and safe operations.
After his time at the Pyrolysis Plant, Ignacio served as Stora Enso Barcelona’s Mill energy efficiency Manager, project Manager and BM1 main Process Engineer. Previous companies that he worked for include FWI, Umicore Battery Recycling Solutions and Umicore Precious Metals Recycling, where he gained wide experience in process & operations management of advanced recycling systems. Ignacio holds two M.Sc. in Materials Science & Engineering awarded by EEIGM France and by ETSEIB in Spain.

Carlos Ludlow Palafox

Carlos Ludlow Palafox is Alucha's Technology Director. Having spent his entire career in chemical engineering, focusing on pyrolysis, Carlos is one of the world's leading experts in this field. He has been instrumental in the successful development of the drink carton laminates solution. Dividing his time between Alucha and UK’s EnVal, Carlos is working more as a technological consultant, supervising R&D. Carlos holds a Chemical Engineering Degree from IberoAmericana University in Mexico, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. He is also the author of an array of scientific articles on pyrolysis of wastes, has worked as Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and has received several awards for his ground-breaking research.

Xavier Fragua

Xavier Fragua joined Alucha in 2013 as Project engineer, following a successful period as an intern. He currently leads the development of our solution for paper sludge. In parallel, Xavi also provides support for other new projects. Xavi graduated with honors in Chemical Engineering at University of Barcelona and he also holds an M.Sc in Energy Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, with specialization in renewable energy.

Anton Bijl

After successfully helping Alucha with paper sludge experiments at Twente University lab, in 2015 Anton Bijl left his researcher position at the University to join Alucha. Anton has a wealth of experience in designing and testing pyrolysis pilot setups. As Project Engineer, Anton will be fully dedicated to Alucha's development of a recycling solution for paper sludge. Anton Bijl holds an M.Sc in Thermal Engineering from Twente University, with specialisation in environmental technology.

What we do

We develop technological solutions that enable re-using used resources. A focus is on used resources that are currently being landfilled or incinerated. Over these years, we have been zooming in on streams that contain both organic and non-organic matter. Examples are laminate materials (drink cartons, tooth paste tubes, pouches etc.) and mixed plastics, but also biomass streams such as sludges, rice husk and other similar streams. With our technology we are able to separate the organic from the inorganic matter, so recovering useable resources, typically oil and metals or minerals.

For a paper mill customer we built an installation that allows the full recycling of drink carton laminates. These materials can now be re-used: plastics are separated from the aluminum layers and recycled back into oil and aluminum! It is the world’s first installation of its kind and has made Alucha the reference company in pyrolysis systems, with over 15,000 hours of operational experience. Currently, with our partner Andritz we are rolling out this system worldwide. At the same time we keep on developing solutions for other streams of used resources.

Our solution for laminate materials and mixed plastics is industrially proven. It is the product we are currently offering to clients, typically the paper industry. We offer project management and turnkey projects, preferably involving our partner Andritz. This way we can offer our clients a reassured and speedy delivery of the project. Benefits of the system are multiple: it provided a local solution that eliminates for the laminate plastics, allowing its reuse (fuels and aluminum). The system also saves on CO2 emissions. Payback times for our client are typically 2-4 years.

Prior to the start of any project, we typically like to make a concise business case for our clients. Our lab facilities allow us to do this. We can make small-scale pyrolysis tests on materials sent by our clients. The lab allows us to do a quick scan to see if a material is technically recyclable. Analysis of recovered resources allows us to make a mass and energy balance, which shows the economical and ecological viability. Testing normally requires no more than 2 kg of material.

In the lab we also experiment with other notoriously difficult materials. Tests have been done and experience obtained with materials so diverse as rice husk, digestate, pill strips, sludges, toothpaste tubes, olive stones, artificial grasses and composite materials.

Next to the commercially available solution for laminates and plastics, we are currently developing a solution for paper sludge. We are convinced pyrolysis is the ideal technology for this material, which currently has no proper recycling solutions. Since 2009 we have been developing technology that allows it to be recycled back into resources (oils and minerals/fillers). Leading tissue manufacturer SCA in 2014 joined us in supporting this development. And we also involved Twente University in this project. Together, we are currently working towards an industrial solution. The aim is to have the world first system operational within the next 2 years.

With its broad knowledge of industrial pyrolysis, Alucha is frequently involved in recycling and efficiency projects. As such, we are the pyrolysis partner in the EU FP7 “REFFIBRE” project, which is developing tools to improve efficiency in the European Paper Industry. In this project we work with VTT of Finland, PTS and Darmstadt University of Germany, KCPK of he Netherlands, Holmen AB and Vrancart and Utzenstorf paper mills. More information can be found on www.reffibre.eu

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Looking for a career at Alucha?

We are always interested in highly motivated and skilled engineering professionals and project managers. Especially those who have experience in pyrolysis and/or gasification processes, and who are willing to work internationally.

Please send us your résumé and a cover letter
You can call us during the regular office times. You can also leave a voicemail, where we will try to call you back as soon as possible. We also always try to respond to your e-mail as soon as possible, preferably within two days.