Saturday, May 15, 2010

Recycling Plastic For Fuel

Researchers at Boston's Northeastern University have invented a way to convert plastics into fuel without creating harmful emissions.

Self-sustainability is the key to the double-tank combustor design. Plastic waste is first processed in an upper tank through pyrolysis, which converts solid plastic into gas. Next, the gas flows to a lower tank, where it is burned with oxidants to generate heat and steam. The heat sustains the combustor while the steam can be used to generate electric power.

(via Inhabitat)

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