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Non-oil-derived plastics, recycling plastic, solar applications of plastic and other alternative, clean-energy related applications or contexts of plastic.

Plastic Harvesting

Polymers Back to Polymers and Fuel

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Latest: Directory:Waste-to-Energy / Directory:Plastic and Energy > Directory:Polyflow LLC converts polymer waste to valuable aromatic chemicals - Ohio company says they can convert all forms of mixed contaminated polymer waste, including previously 'unrecyclable' polymers, such as tires, carpeting, and e-waste, into valuable aromatic chemicals -- 1/3 going to new plastics and 2/3 going to gasoline and diesel. (PESWiki June 19, 2009)

Directory:Waste to Energy / Tire Recycling Breakthrough - Delta Energy's DEPolymerization™ process takes one of the world's biggest pollution problems - discarded tires - and turns them into usable fuel, made possible by a secret chemical compound. 99% of the original tire is turned into something useful, from natural gas to diesel fuel to carbon that can be reused in the rubber and plastics industry. ( Nov. 12, 2007)

Plastic to Energy

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Latest: Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Plastic and Energy > JBI's Plastic2Oil Technology Turns Waste into Fuel - The Ontario, Canada based company, JBI is actively using a technology called Plastic2Oil, which converts waste plastic into low sulfur fuels -- such as diesel, furnace oil, and fuel oil. Although it's not a panacea solution to the energy crisis, their technology addresses the issue of what to do with plastic waste. (PESN and BeforeItsNews December 13, 2011)
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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Plastic and Energy > Plastic Bags Into Power? - In a process that is as simple as throwing bits of plastic in a chamber and heating it up, Vilas Pol of Argonne National Laboratory can turn the plastic into tiny spheres of pure carbon just a few microns across. These spheres, which conduct heat and electricity, could be useful in a long list of applications from tires to batteries to lubricants. (Discovery June 25, 2010)
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Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Plastic and Energy > Transforming waste plastic into an alternative fuel - A team of researchers at Northeastern University are developing a double-tank waste combustor for converts plastic waste into energy without creating harmful emissions. Plastic is first processed in an upper tank, which converts the material into gas through pyrolysis. Then, the gas moves to a lower tank, where it’s burned with oxidants, generating heat and steam, which drive combustion and generate electric power. (PhysOrg May 10, 2010)

Plastic Back to Oil

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Latest: Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Plastic and Energy > Directory:Oil > Directory: Blest Machine recycles plastic back into oil - A Japanese device converts certain plastics into oil -- and it is presently commercially available in sizes ranging from a tabletop version for a home to larger continuous feed versions for small industrial use. The plastic is boiled, not burnt, and the gaseous fumes are vented into a water bubbler, which cools the gas into oil. (PESWiki December 17, 2010)
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Directory:Global Resource Corp:High-Frequency Attenuating Wave Kinetics or HAWK - Frank Pringle of Global Resource Corp (GRC) has invented and refined an efficient microwave energy process to turn plastics, discarded tires, and other carbon-based substances such as shale, coal, and tar sands into gas and oil.

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Directory:Polymer Energy LLC - The Polymer Energy™ system uses catalytic pyrolysis to efficiently convert plastics (primarily polyolefins) into crude oil. The system can handle as high as 30% impurities such as metals, glass, dirt, water, etc. in the feedstock, making pre-sorting, cleaning, or drying unnecessary, reducing overall operational costs.

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New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel - Washington, DC company claims it can turn plastic into an oil-like fuel for just $10 per barrel, which can be blended with other components and used as either gasoline or diesel. The process entails heating up plastic using infrared light, which removes hydrocarbons without the use of a catalyst. (Inhabitat September 16, 2009)

Non-Fossil-Based Oil for Plastic

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Directory:Biomass / Directory:Alternative Fuels / Directory:Non-Fossil Oil > There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] - A Georgia company has announced that they have devised a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil. The inventor's formula is simple. Basically, biomass (such as grass clippings or wood chips) plus the right bacteria equals hydrocarbons, which make not just fuel but plastics and other petroleum products. (PESWiki May 10, 2008)

Plant-Based Plastic

See Directory:Plant-Based Plastic - separate index page

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Non-Oil-Based Plastic

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Genomatica develops novel bioplastic - San Diego-based Genomatica said today it has developed genetically engineered E.Coli bacteria that could replace the need for petroleum in the process to make some plastics. (CleanTech Sept. 16, 2008)

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US Survey: 70+% of Americans Don't Know Plastic is Made from Oil - 40% believe plastic will biodegrade at some point. In truth, nearly 10 percent of U.S. oil consumption – approximately 2 million barrels a day – is used to make non-biodegradable plastic. Survey was cosponsored by Metabolix, Inc., a company using bioscience to provide clean solutions for plastics, fuels and chemicals. (BusinessWire Apr. 20, 2007)

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New Bio Plastics from DuPont - More biopolymers are approaching commercial viability, adding to latex rubber and nylon-11 (made from a by-product of castor bean oil), which presently account for only a small fraction of the millions of polymer products in use today. (TreeHugger July 6, 2006)

Waste Plastic Becomes Clean Burning Fuel - Penn. State University has developed PlastoFuel pellets from dirty waste Agri-plastics. GR Technologies of Korea has patented burner converting same to alternative energy. (Blogspot June 6, 2005)

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Plastics > Huge potential for bioplastics - It almost sounds too good to be true - turning cow pats into plastic. But the unlikely-looking liquid in the flask Dr Steven Pratt holds is the key ingredient to an environmentally friendlier drink bottle. (PhysOrg July 17, 2006)

'Plastic oil' could improve fuel economy in cars, chemists say - Recycled plastic bottles could one day be used to lubricate your car's engine. These polyethylene-derived oils could help improve fuel economy and reduce the frequency of oil changes. (EurekAlert June 12, 2005)

Bacteria are key to 'green' plastics, drugs - Scientists are using a genetically modified bacteria that metabolizes glucose from grain sorghum and produces almost pure succinate, a key ingredient of many plastics, drugs, solvents and food additives. (EurekAlert Aug. 22, 2005)

Other Alternative Energy Applications

Plastic Batteries

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Directory:Plastic and Energy / Directory:Batteries > The battery's dead: Scientists invent wafer-thin plastic that can store electricity - British scientists say they have created a plastic that can store and release electricity, revolutionising the way we use phones, drive cars - and even wear clothes. The technology could also lead to flexible computer screens that can be folded up and carried around like a piece of paper. (DailyMail Feb. 6, 2010)


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Directory:Plastic and Energy / Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Low-cost, more efficient solar cells mostly plastic - By growing arrays of silicon wires in a polymer substrate, researchers at Caltech have demonstrated what they say are flexible solar cells that absorb up to 96 percent of incident light and harvest over 90 percent quantum efficiency, compared with 25 percent for the best silicon solar cells. The wires are made up of 98 percent plastic, potentially lowering the cost of photovoltaics by using just 1/50th the amount of semiconductor material used today. (EETimes Feb. 18, 2010)
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Konarka and Solaris Nanosciences Create Joint Research Program - Solaris' nanoscale metalic structures could boost the solar energy conversion efficiency of Konarka's portable power plastics. (PESN June 12, 2005)

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XsunX Developing Solar Film for Buildings' Windows - See-through thin film plastic Power Glass™ integrates solar collection capabilities in a cost-comparable substrate to existing film products, taking energy gain into consideration. (PESN June 9, 2005) (Thanks Sandi)

Spray-On Solar-Power Cells Are True Breakthrough - Scientists have invented a plastic solar cell that can turn the sun's power into electrical energy, even on a cloudy day.


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Latest: Directory:Environment > Directory:Pollution > Directory:Plastic and Energy > Directory:Ocean Trash Vortexes (Gyres) - The five oceanic trash vortexes are said to cover as much as 40% of the ocean surface. The North Pacific gyre is split into two smaller gyres, each the size of Texas. With all the attention that the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] is getting, don't forget that these ocean trash vortexes pose perhaps the largest ecological blight that consumerism-bent mankind has imposed on the planet. (PESWiki June 9, 2010)
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New Plastic to Cut CO2 Emissions and Purify Water - Scientists have created a plastic material that mimics pores found in plants and is exceptionally efficient. It can separate carbon dioxide from natural gas a few hundred times faster than current plastic membranes. (Slashdot Oct. 15, 2007)

Directory:Recycling > Plastics Recycling Industry 'Starving For Materials' - Consumers have unknowingly put the plastics recycling industry in the United States on a starvation diet by failing to recycle sufficient quantities of soft drink bottles and other waste. (Science Daily Oct. 16, 2007)

See also



Directory:Waste to Energy

News:Waste to Energy

Directory:Thermal Electric - e.g. waste heat


Directory:Energy Efficiency



Directory:Home Generation:Gray Water Recycling

Directory:Nuclear Remediation


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Directory:Energy from Sewage

Directory:Urine Power

Directory:Plastic and Energy

Directory:Plant-Based Plastic


Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil

Directory:Microorganisms in Energy Production

Directory:Microbial Fuel Cells

Directory:Non-Fossil Oil

Directory:Refinery Flaring Recovery

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PowerPedia:Fossil fuel




Directory:Ecological Impact of Oil

Directory:BP's Gulf Oil Volcano


Directory:Ocean Trash Vortexes (Gyres)


Directory:Fuel Efficiency - many more links here

Directory:Microwave-based Oil Extraction


Directory:Clean Coal



Directory:Non-Fossil Oil

Directory:Abiotic Oil

Directory:Alternative Fuels - many more oil-replacement links here, including fuel treatment solutions

Directory:Water as Fuel

Directory:Algae for Oil


Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil




Directory:West Fabrication Institute's Taylor/Pyrox Technology

Directory:Green Power Inc's NanoDiesel:Catalytic Pressureless Depolymerization (Oiling)

Directory:Global Resource Corp:High-Frequency Attenuating Wave Kinetics or HAWK

Directory:Changing World Technology - Thermal Depolymerization Process


Site:LRP:The Energy Non-Crisis

Directory:Peak Oil

Directory:North American Oil Fields


Directory:Plastic and Energy

Directory:Fuelwatch Worldwide

Directory:Energy Business Reports

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