How often do you find yours Recycling bag Overflowing with milk bottles, food packaging and various household plastics? New news, breakthrough technology, pioneering the Chester University in the north west of England has just developed a solution for dealing with plastic waste. Simply put, it’s about melting down the waste you produce and converting it into electricity.
When introduced to households across the UK, this could mean that you are actually using your household waste to generate electricity and even refuel your car. The result? Plastic waste that makes sense, which has a practical, environmentally friendly function in your home and saves you money in the process.
But how can you convert plastic waste into energy?
According to the University of Chester’s Energy Center in Thornton Science Park, it is possible to generate so-called “waste energy”. The university has been working with PowerHouse Energy for several years on the development of the green technology, which uses a glass furnace heated to 1,000 ° C to melt plastic. The process then emits a range of gases, including hydrogen, which can be converted into fuel.
Perhaps the most groundbreaking part of this technical innovation is that the non-recyclable plastic you collect doesn’t have to be sorted or even washed in order to be used. The process takes all mixed waste in its contaminated form and converts it into electricity.
In this way, the University of Chester hopes to “turn off the plastic tap in the sea”, in their own words, and at the same time pioneering the monetization of plastic via this efficient conversion system.
When can we start?
In its current form, the technology can only demonstrate the conversion of plastic to hydrogen and electricity on a small scale (with no plastics left), but developers plan to expand both capacity and range. In the UK and Southeast Asia the developer has Waste2Tricity (W2T) is working on an expansion and is currently building a plant near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. At the facility, they will produce inexpensive, low-carbon hydrogen and electricity to power the site.
The executive director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester, Professor Joe Howe, discussed the prototype in a public statement on their website:
“We are very excited to host the prototype demonstrator here at the University of Chester. The technology converts all plastic waste into high quality, low carbon hydrogen syngas, which can then be used to power gas engines. A by-product of this process is electricity, which means that waste plastic can not only refuel cars, but also keep the lights on at home. “
“Surely the world has to wake up with this technology. It will make plastic waste valuable as it can power the world’s cities and most importantly it can help clean our oceans of plastic waste now. “
While the use of non-recyclable plastics is not recommended, now excess waste could be on its way to fulfilling some function in your home. The project is gradually evolving as Waste2Tricity raises the funds they need to roll out this solution on a larger scale on plastic waste.