Transportation

Pyrolysis to obtain fuel from plastic waste


Air flights are very polluting but the UK seems to be keen to dispel this myth. First with its low environmental impact airports and then with a special flight where the plane uses fuels obtained from the treatment of plastic waste. The plane will travel 10,000 miles, depart from Sydney, Australia and arrive in London, England.

It will be piloted by British adventurer Jeremy Roesell who, before touching London, will make stops on some stops including Sri Lanka, Jordan and Malta. The fuel was sourced from plastic waste and was developed by the Irish company Cyna Plc. The industrial process implemented was the "pyrolysis“, The plastic was dissolved in an oxygen-free environment to create a distillate similar to Petroleum, from which various fuels have been obtained.

Cyna Plc company claims that the oil production technique does not release harmful emissions and that the final product is comparable to the conventional diesel but with superior quality. Cyna Plc, with plastics that cannot be converted into fuel, makes floors for us, in short, it throws nothing away!

The fuel obtained from plastic waste it has already been tested to power cars but this will be the first air test. To produce the 400 liters needed for the flight, 5 tons of plastic waste.

Every year, 26 million tons of plastics accumulate in landfills in the United States. In Europe, the production of plastic waste drops to 15 million tons per year.

If electric alternatives are available for buses, cars and trains, the situation changes for planes. Flying is vital and so are i fuels. The fuel derived for pyrolysis from plastic waste, it is a good strategy. There are probably not enough plastic waste to power all scheduled flights of an airport, but this strategy, combined with the use of biofuels, it can make life easier for airlines and its passengers.

In the photo, Jeremy Roesell

edited by Anna De Simone


Video: plastic waste to gasoline pyrolytic recycling (October 2020).