Technology: Indian succeeds in producing petrol from plastic waste

(From Deccan Chronicle)

A man developed a petrol making plant which can create 9.5 liters of fuel from kg of waste.

The Perinjanam panchayat here has developed the prototype of a pyrolysis plant in which plastic waste could be burnt and distilled to make petrol and other byproducts. This is part of its endeavor to find a low-cost and pollution-free technology for processing non-biodegradable waste. The plant was designed by Mr V.S. Sreejith, who has worked for several years in solid waste management and is director of science center in Kodungallur, which promotes scientific experiments among students.

Sreejith V.S. and Perinjanam panchayat president Sachith K.K. near the prototype of the pyrolysis plant that converts plastic to petrol. (Photo: DC)

Sreejith V.S. and Perinjanam panchayat president Sachith K.K. near the prototype of the pyrolysis plant that converts plastic to petrol. (Photo: DC)

“Petroleum is converted to plastic products by heating it at a particular temperature. In the pyrolysis plant of the prototype which we have developed, a reversal of polymerization happens,” Mr Sreejith said. The plant is at present burnt using LPG for display, but the bio-gas from organic waste will be used for the purpose when the civic body puts the technology to use to processing plastic, he added. “Out of 10 kg of plastic, 9 liters and 600 ml of petroleum can be extracted using this technology,” he claimed. Read more



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