Plastic waste has been one of the most mind numbling problem recently, as the amount of waster increase and affecting the eco-system, climate change and animals are killed because of it. Experts has found a way to change that as they convert the plastic waste and change that to energy can potential provide for 7000 household. Let's read more.
It's all well and good to clean up plastic from our oceans, and sort it from our garbage. The bigger problem though is what to do with all that plastic afterward.
Now, scientists in the UK may have a scalable way to turn that non-biodegradable waste into power.
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Researchers at the University of Chester have previously developed a way to turn unrecyclable plastic into eco-friendly hydrogen fuel. It involves cutting all the plastic into 5cm strpis, before melting it in a 1,000-degree Celsius kiln and turning it into gas form, from where it can be converted to a fuel that hydrogen-powered cars can use.
This was quite a breakthrough because it converts all the plastic used into fuel with none left over, the fuel is eco-friendly, and it doesn't need to be cleaned or sorted either.
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The best part however came after the University teamed up with PowerHouse Energy. Together, they set up a plant in Thornton Science Park in Cheshire, in order to demonstrate how well this technology can be scaled up. And this particular processing plant will soon be able to not just power its own 54-acre facility, but also 7,000 homes on the area's power grid everyday, as well as 7,000 hydrogen cars every two weeks.
Once it demonstrates feasibility, the University and PowerHouse plan to roll out the technology across Asia. In fact, the Japanese government has already expressed interest in it.
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Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester, said, "The technology converts all plastic waste into high quality, low carbon hydrogen syngas which can then be used to power gas engines. A by-product of this process is electricity, meaning waste plastic can not only fuel cars but can also keep the lights on at home."
"It will make waste plastic valuable with it being able to power the world's towns and cities and most importantly it can help clean up our oceans of waste plastic now."
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