Observing the growing environmental problem of plastic waste in 2004, Adam Hańderek began research and development work on technologies of thermal and thermo-catalytic processing of waste plastics into C1 – C24 hydrocarbon fractions from 2005-2017. Over that period, 8 research installations on a quarter-technical scale were developed, testing a variety of different apparatus solutions in the field of thermal de-polymerization of waste plastics. Many of them have been patented in the country and in the world. The research tasks were aimed at finding an effective way of heating waste plastics while eliminating excessive coking of the raw material in the reactor and obtaining products boiling up to a maximum temperature of 360 ° C in one integrated process.

In 2014, Adam and his team had a paradigm shift and approached the problem in an innovative way. This led to the development of a new highly effective reactor with none of the by-product waste problems plaguing other technologies. The solution was registered for patenting and in 2017 obtained patent protection in Poland. In the same year, extension of patent protection internationally was filed.

In 2016, Adam and his research came to the attention of Susan Kim-Chomicka, a serial entrepreneur with global experience who is passionate about the environment and making a social impact. Impressed by the innovative technology, its environmental impact as well as the passion and dedication of Adam Hańderek and his team, she first joined the group as an advisor and investor funding further research.

A research installation was established as part of a research contract with PIMOT Automotive Industry Institute. Extensive tests were carried out in which the adopted process assumptions in batch technology were confirmed. Further research work focused on optimization of the process conditions which resulted in the next patent application filed in 2017. The registration of the patent application for the whole process allowed the invention to be presented at the fair of inventions and subjected to an international assessment.

In January, 2018, HANDEREK TECHNOLOGIES sp. z o.o. was founded by Adam Handerek and Susan Kim-Chomicka to industrialize the 10+ years of research and development and bring the technology to the world. Since founding the company has won many startup awards including, being award by the President of Poland as a top 5 Polish Startup in 2019, recognized as a top 30 cleantech company in Europe by Climate KIC.

The company, received numerous awards for achievements in innovation:

  • iENA Nuremberg, Germany, 2017 – Grand Prix
  • INNOVA in Barcelona, Spain, 2017 – Gold Medal with Distinction and Grand Prix in the category of industrial inventions.
  • ARCHIMEDES in Moscow, Russia, 2017 – Gold Medal with Distinction and the Cup of the Union of Engineers and Inventors of Russia.
  • INTARG in Katowice, Poland, 2017 – Platinum Medal, Grand Prix INTARG, Cup of the President of NOT (Polish Federation of Engineering Associations), and an individual award for Adam Hańderek – “Leader of Innovation” in the Personality category.
  • Belt & Road Initiative Innovation Fair in Chengdu, China, 2016 – Grand Prix and Star of Business Start-up.