31 Dec '14, 1pm

Plastic bags the fuel of the future | Next Green Car

Plastic bags the fuel of the future | Next Green Car

Converting plastic bags into fuel could help save endangered wildlife One of the major breakthroughs made in 2014 was the scientific discovery that plastic shopping bags could be successfully converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products. A group of Indian scientists based in the US found a way to use a conversion process, called pyrolysis, to produce transportation fuels such as diesel from plastic shopping bags. Other materials such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil can also be gained from plastic bags. What's more, the whole process is extremely efficient, requiring little energy in comparison to the amount created. Brajendra Kumar Sharma, a senior research scientist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, said: "You can get only 50 to 55% fuel from the distillat...

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