Researchers find a way to convert plastic waste into clean fuel | GBRI

One of the researchers at Purdue University

We all are well aware of the fact that growing plastic waste is one of the worst crisis our planet is facing today. It is estimated that every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in our oceans.

However, a new technology developed by researchers at the Purdue University could help transform the world’s plastic waste into a whole new source of useful products and clean fuels.

According to the researchers, this technology can convert more than 90% of polypropylene waste – a type of plastic that is commonly used for packaging and toys – into high-quality gasoline and diesel fuels in a matter of hours.

The conversion process uses selective extraction and hydrothermal liquefaction to turn the plastic into naphtha, a kind of flammable oil that can then be used as a feedstock for other chemicals or further separated into specialty solvents or other products.

The clean fuels derived from the plastic waste generated each year could satisfy 4% of the annual demand for gasoline or diesel fuels.

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  • Rinaldo Veseliza  February 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Excellent, when can we get started sorting through municipal waste to isolate the plastics? How many other types of plastics can be used? What is the cost for conversion?


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