The newest and most cutting edge technology to reach production in the green energy sector solves two problems at once… oil shortages and pollution from plastics. Through a process similar to gasification, scientist from United Nations University have invented a machine that actually converts plastic trash into usable oil, diesel and refined gasoline.
Nowadays, our environment has been experiencing bigger problems than people face, and one of these problems are plastic. People are solely dependent on the usage of plastics. Using plastic is inevitable for many people, plastics are everywhere and when they are done using these things, they will all end up being dumped and considered waste products.
In America alone, there were more than 30 million tons of plastic wastes accumulated in the year 2010. Only 8% of those millions of wastes were recovered for recycling and somewhat reusing purposes.
PLASTICS ARE EVERWHERE
Plastic products are everywhere, you will never get a chance to not see them wherever you go. You use plastics when you eat, shop, and even cook. People’s lives have become somewhat dependent on the usage of these materials.
Things that are made of plastics are non-biodegradable, these things take up from 50 to 100 years to degrade. There are no natural process yet that can make plastics degrade in a fast pace of time. In that case, a person is left with no choice but to throw the plastic away, burn or bury it. Which of course results to litter… everlasting litter!
Garbage is not the only problem people face when it comes to plastic materials, plastics are made up of toxic chemicals — xylene, ethylene oxide and benzene — and as we know it, these chemicals can cause diseases and disorders to people, animals, and even to the environment. And did you know that a plastic material is made of Bisphenol A (BPA) that makes a person become more at risk of breast cancer when he/she is exposed too much on this toxin?
Decreasing the problems given by these plastic materials is a hard task for many people because these materials have become part of their daily living, meaning, one day is not complete if no plastic will be used. True to what was written, plastics are everywhere, and there are ways on which we can reduce the problems that people are facing because of excessive usage of plastics:
- Use Eco-Friendly or Biodegradable Bags
- Reuse Plastic Bags
- Donate Plastic Bags to Recycling Centers
- Not Throwing Away Plastic Bags after using
There’s another way!
Yes, plastic bags and plastic materials are great helpers for a person’s daily living, they can become trash bins to trash, and now, plastics can also make your home feel warm as they can become petrol products! Thanks to the modern technology and the people behind it as they have made a device that can turn plastic materials into useable petroleum.
To begin with, plastics are of course made up of petroleum, but this petroleum is not the same as what fuel is made of.
To turn plastic waste into petrol, when these materials are put into the machine, the temperature of the machine increases as it heats up the plastics and ensnaring the vapors made in a system of pipes and chambers.
This innovative machine makes these vapors concentrated to become crude oil, that can be used for heating a house.
A quart of oil can be produced form two pounds of plastic materials, by making use of only a kilowatt hour of energy.
The crude oil that will be produced from these plastic mateirals can be used in a power generator. This oil can even used as gasoline with the help of another machine to refine it.
At the end of the day, what came from oil returns to oil. Plastic came from oil, and it can be converted to become oil and petrol again.
How it Works
This innovation seems to have no downside, this invention only consume electricity that only cost more or less twenty cents. Currently, this machine only processes limited products like polyethylene, polystyrene, and polypropylene, as it holds steadfast to its promise to produce eco-friendly oil, and to decrease the amount of plastic waste in the world.
In a world where the price of oil keeps going up and up, the pollution is emerging, and garbage follow the eight of mountains as they constantly increase, this invention will put a stop to the people’s over and excessive usage and dumping of plastic products, and convert these things to eco-friendly fuels.
AMERICA HAS IT, TOO!
This innovational device is not the first device that was ever made to turn plastic into something else. A poweplant near Washington, DC, has been conducting similar processes in a small community. They are testing is the plastic-turning-oil device can be used for homes.