Japanese inventor turns plastics into fuel


Japanese inventor Akinori Ito has devised a way to revert post-consumer plastics, including the ubiquitous plastic bag, into petroleum-based fuel.  By heating up material in a small machine, capturing and cooling the vapors, and collecting the resulting liquid, Ito is able to turn two pounds of plastic into about a quart of oil, using a single kilowatt of power.  The system is still prohibitively expensive, but the technology has the potential to lessen demand for petroleum extraction and provide an impetus for keeping plastic out of the garbage stream.

(via CleanTechnica)

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