Plastic Assembled in the Ocean to be Turned into Diesel Fuel

06.04.2017

We have repeatedly written about the problem of the World Ocean pollution by plastic debris. Another solution is offered by US environmentalists: the plant developed by them can turn waste into hydrocarbon fuel.

Plastic Assembled in the Ocean to be Turned into Diesel Fuel

The authors of the project are the sailor James Hill and chemist Swaminathan Ramesh from Clean Oceans International. The technology is based on the principle of pyrolysis: the plastic is destroyed and depolymerized. The device is a metallocene catalyst, the advantage of which is that it is not required to further purify the obtained fuel.

The installation is mobile and can be used both ashore and on board of a swimming device. 10 hours is quite enough to process from 90 to 4,500 kilograms of plastic. Diesel fuel from garbage is suitable for both cars and ships. The installation will be presented in the near future at the 253rd National Meeting and Exhibition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in California.

At the moment, the ocean has at least 150 million tons of plastic.