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Originally posted by Nurv47
Most of you are missing the point entirely ...
We have all this plastic trash that is buried in the ground, thrown into the ocean, or left in the streets, and we COULD recycle all of it into oil, rather than waste it.
Yet we don't. At least, it doesn't seem that way. Most of it continues to sit there.
Also OP, it appears that this has already been covered, lol ... back in 2010. Hmmm.
A Machine That Turns Plastic Back Into Oiledit on 12-6-2011 by Nurv47 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by blackrain17
I like it!!!! Another good idea by them Japanese. But the big oil companies will come up with some propaganda about this machine not being safe or the oil it produces not being safe. Or just have that machine banned by passing some law...edit on 12-6-2011 by blackrain17 because: (no reason given)
We made calculations, it turns out that our device, as crude as it is with much room for improvement, can produce diesel fuel at a cost of 17 US cents a liter, that is when only plastic and electricity is considered. The next machine will probably use a liquid fuel burner to heat the reactor, this could lower the costs even more as it would then run on a small percentage of the produced fuel and also the produced gas would then be used more practically - burned along with the fuel to heat the reactor. Even now, if we would get the electricity from a diesel generator that runs on the produced fuel, it would consume about 20% of the produced fuel, but those generators are never efficient and much of the potential power is lost, so heating the reactor using a burner should be even more efficient. Japan produces such units that run themselves using the produced fuel, their machines use 7-10% of the yield. But they cost more than 100 000$ for a unit the size we have. We also calculated all the materials and work involved to make this device and it comes around 1200$, but it is scalable from table top units up to industrial size units that produce several tons of fuel daily.