Machine converting plastic into oil
A smart machine can convert plastics into oil without any pre-treatments
A Japanese company called Blest created a small, very safe and easy to use machine that can convert several types of plastic back into oil. “If we burn the plastic, we generate toxins and a large amount of CO2. If we convert it into oil, we save CO2 and at the same time increase people’s awareness about the value of plastic garbage,” says Akinori Ito, CEO of Blest.
Blest’s conversion technology is very safe because it uses a temperature controlling electric heater rather than flame. The machines are able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene but not PET bottles. The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike. One kilogram of plastic produces almost one litre of oil. To convert that amount takes about 1 kWh of electricity.
An interesting short video and more information about the invention can be found under the website of Our World.