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Project Pitch By: Inventus BioEnergy Private Limited


Proposed Project Title

Microbial Electrochemical Cells for plastic recycling into value added products


Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Sanitation, Swachh Bharat, Hygiene Awareness

Project Synopsis

In India, poverty, ignorance, lack of waste management infrastructure & open dumping, contribute to 15342 tonnes of plastic waste into the oceans and landfills endangering human and marine life. When incinerated, gasified or pyrolyzed, plastic waste causes: Air pollution via dioxin & heavy metals emissions, Health concerns for marine life and human, increased sea levels, ocean and air toxicity which is bad for the climate and oceans, destruction of marine life, and environmental injustice via disproportionate burden of air pollution. IBE’s Solution: Inventus BioEnergy (P) Ltd, developed silent, clean and green Microbial Electrochemical Cells (MECC) technology using good bacteria, to digest plastic waste into value-added products. MECC is unique and eco-friendly to recycle plastics into value-added products. MECC does not generate any environmental hazards and HAZMAT. No precaution or predigestion or segregation of waste required. MECC possesses 3R compliance (Renewable, Recyclable, and Reuseable) with zero-waste concept benefiting the society wholistically.

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Chennai

Key Project Partners

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): General
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries:
Status of Baseline Survey: Under Process

Proposed Project Description

IBE’s MECC for plastic recycling is first of its kind and eco-friendly process to recycle plastics in to value added products such as ethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. It doesnot generate any environmental hazards and HAZMAT in the process of degradation unlike pyrolysis, incineration or gasification process. No precaution or predigestion or segregation of waste at source is needed. The plastic waste either wet or dry, combined with other organic or inorganic wastes can be handled. (Indian Patent filed: 202041033271). The value added products can be separated and segregated and sold in the market. Any solid waste residues left in the anodic chamber will be materials rich in sodium, potassium and phosphorous that can be dried and utilized as natural soil fertilizer as it is devoid of any harmful chemicals. The chemicals used can be recycled and reused. The graphite electrodes used can be washed and reused after the complete conversion of plastics into value added products. As the construction materials are either glass or concrete, after washing thoroughly they can also be reused for next batch of plastic recycling. Thus the designed and developed MECC ETM is a complete 3R compliance product (Renewable, Recyclable and Reuseable) with zero waste concept.


Plastic Pollution Solutions: Now is the time to support the expansion of sustainable zero waste practices to address plastic marine pollution and walk away from false solutions like plastic waste incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma arc.


Zero Waste + 3R compliance design

  • Highly cost effective, reliable solution for immediate marine plastic pollution based on zero waste concept. 
  • Community-based approaches of decentralized waste collection, increased resource recovery, composting, recycling and waste reduction
  • Open economic opportunities for millions of waste workers and can be sustained at costs that are a fraction of what it would take to build any incinerator.


Advantages of MECC
1. Increased rate of degradation
2. No predigestion or pretreatment
3. No harmful gas as in incineration
or pyrolysis

Advantages of MECC

  • Increased rate of degradation
  • No predigestion or pretreatment
  • No harmful gas as in incinerationor pyrolysis


Projects implemented or under process


  • IBE had submitted Expression of Interest (EoI) to install MECC in 70-90 Railway stations in India and on the trains to handle mixed waste such as food, plastic, wet & dry at the source itself. The EoI is under evaluation by Indian Railways.
  • As MECC is a versatile product that can handle (i) Plastic recycling, (ii) Heavy metal reduction, (iii) Explosive degradation and (iv) mixed waste into useful energy,
  • Proposal to set up pilot scale demonstration unit is submitted to DRDO for explosive degradation by MECC via eco friendly process.


Awards or recognition for the MECC:

  • Swacch Bharat Unnat Bharat – competition for biomedical plastic waste recycling final round contestant
  • Administrative College of India and UNDP – Innovation challenge for plastic recycling – Final round contestant (23 Dec 2020); Will be featured amongst the 19 projects selected across the country.

Salient Features

  1. Minimal requirement of space, water and electricity.
  2. Simple design, even a layman can learn and install.
  3. Easy to set up and install and hence can be installed in the backyard of houses, hospital yards, dumpsites.

About Inventus BioEnergy Private Limited

InventusBioEnergyPrivate Limited (IBE™) is established on 11th May 2020. IBE™ is a unique startup that intends to function via interdisciplinary, innovative, cost-effective research and design for product development. IBE™ prefers to work in supporting the National mission projects like (i) Energy and Environment, (ii) E-mobility, (iii) Information and Communication Technology for Health care through research and product development, (iv) Plastic recycling by Microbial Electrochemical cells (MECC) and (v) Waste to useful energy


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