A French inventor has developed a system to convert plastic waste into fuel
A self taught French scientist, funded by a French actor, has invented a possible solution to the problem of plastic waste.
The machine is called Chrysalis and it converts non-recyclable plastic trash into 65% diesel, 18% gasoline, 10% gas and 7% carbon.
Christofer Costes, the 35-year-old inventor, states that the diesel can be used for generators or motors, the gasoline for heating and to power lamps, the gas for heating, and the carbon for colored crayons.
The machine is fairly low-tech and simply heats the plastic to over 840 degrees Fahrenheit until it decomposes and turns into the four substances listed above.
Costes tells India Times:
“This breaks up the plastic molecules and transforms them into lighter hydrocarbons,”
“They go up into the distillation tower, and separate into diesel, petrol and at the top of the tower, there is gas, which is stored in a reservoir.”
And Costes told Reuters:
“A kilo of plastic gives a liter of liquid. It’s separated between diesel and petrol,”
The machine cost around $50,000 to build and can be scaled up.
Obviously, it’s not the greenest solution to the plastic problem, but it’s an effort. We are still fervent believers that the ultimate solution is to slow the rate of plastic production and innovate new, greener products that perform just as well whilst actively removing plastic from the environment and our homes.