Filipino Inventor Turns Trash into Liquid Gold
|September 8, 2012||Posted by Junjie M. under Business, Country, Economy, Health, Technology|
A Filipino inventor is now making waves as he effectively converted plastic trash into three different kinds of fuel: Kerosene, Diesel, and Gasoline.
The invention is not very new, but Jayme Navarro created his own effective way of converting plastic into fuel through a process known as “Pyrolysis.”
Navarro’s process of converting biodegradable and non-biodegradable plastics into fuel has already been patented. And, if the process is implemented into a large-scale system, there is a great possibility of turning the hill-sized land fills in the Philippines into a profitable asset.
Jayme Navarro and his company, Poly-Green Technology and Resources, created a simple process of creating fuel out from plastic wastes. As Navarro was trying to convert plastics back into their original form, he stumbled upon a discovery that he didn’t know then would be a great find.
The process that Navarro used, the Pyrolysis, is a very simple process. The first step of the process involves drying out the plastics that will be used to produce fuel. The plastics are then shredded into very small pieces and placed in a thermal chamber for heating purposes.
In the chamber, the plastics are continually heated until they melt, boil, and produce vapors. These vapors pass through a set of cooling pipes and are then distilled into liquid form. The liquid produced from the process is chemically identical to regular fuel.
The process is very simple and remarkable, but what makes it even more remarkable is the fact that the fuel produced, burned cleaner than the regular fuel these days.
This is mainly because of the low sulfur content that most plastics have. The fuel is also projected to be 10 – 20% cheaper than regular fuel because of low production costs and vast supply of plastic wastes in the country.
Because the thermal chamber used in the process is designed to contain only very low oxygen, the plastics are melted and not burned. Aside from this, the vapor produced is similar to boiling water vapor.
The entire process is cheap and produces only clean fuel, and it can be a profitable solution for eliminating plastic wastes and pollution in the country. All in all, the process used by Navarro in converting plastics into fuel is very environment-friendly.
The company has expressed that the process of turning plastics into fuel is not their discovery, since a lot of inventors and companies have already used this process. However, what they have is a unique system and it has already been patented with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.
For three months now, the Pyro-Green plant has been producing 1,600 liters of fuel from 2 metric tons of plastics on a daily basis. A series of tests has been performed on several vehicles to determine the efficiency of the fuel produced from the process, and so far, the results have been very outstanding.
If the process is used in a large-scale basis, the country will definitely see hopes of reducing its persistent garbage and air pollution problems. The cheap but effective alternative source of fuel will also be great for the country’s environment and economy.
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