Fuel out of plastic? it sounds something out of a science fiction. This should be one of the innovative idea that could change our environment for good. We could use this as an effective way of recycling the plastic, and stop searching for fossil fuels.
India’s Plastic Consumption Set to Cross 20 Million Metric Tons by 2020
India consumes an estimated 16.5 million tons, about 1.6 million truckfulls, of plastic annually, as per this June 2018 report.
India’s annual plastic consumption is expected to cross 20 million tons in 2020. Between 2010 and 2015, the plastics processing industry grew at a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent in volume from 8.3 MMTPA to 13.4 MMTPA.
Who did it?
A mechanical engineer professor from Hyderabad Mr. Satish Kumar has been generating fuel out of plastic from 2016. He has converted 50 tons of non-biodegradable plastic to fuel. His company is generating 200 liters of fuel out of 200 kg of plastic on daily basis.
He has founded a company registered with the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises, three-step process of converting plastic into fuel is known as plastic pyrolysis. The process helps recycle plastic into diesel, aviation fuel and petrol. He is supplying this fuel to small and medium enterprises for Rs 40/ liter. Though this fuel is not tested for vehicles.
Kumar said, almost all plastic can be used for creating fuel, except for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). He also said, this process does not require water and their is no wastage of water. It also does not pollute the air as the process is conducted inside a vacuum.
This is a life changing invention according to me. This invention should be taken to the large scale and utilized to generate vehicle fuels. Recycling of plastic is a major issue which is causing problems. This invention could solve this problem.