Scientists from Swansea University are developing ways to convert Plastics into Hydrogen fuel. The ground breaking process helps in discarding plastics and then convert it into fuel. This fuel will be helpful to run cars.
Dr. Moritz kuehnel, Chemistry Department professor, explained the process of producing hydrogen from plastics. He further stated that light absorbing material are added to the plastics, before it is placed in an alkaline solution. They are then exposed to sunlight which in turn converts to hydrogen.
He further added that the process will be cheaper than recycling as any kind of plastics can be used and doesn’t need any cleaning.
It is found that the plastics are made of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) which can be recycled easily. But, mostly is it been thrown or burnt.
Dr Mortirz stated that PET needs to be pure to recycle which means no grease no oil. Therefore, you need to wash it which in turn becomes expensive. Even after performing everything the PET never comes clean. Moreover, he said that the process which is invented now is not very picky and thus degrade all sort of waste.
Even if the plastics are not clean or there is added substance or grease or oil is sicked to it will still makes it better fuel.
During the process it produces bubbles which symbolizes that the hydrogen gas is producing. Additionally, he warned that the project on roll on an industrial level is still be years away.
Dr. Kuenhel said, in the invention the process does not only produces hydrogen gas but also the chemical which remains intact and can be used to make new plastic. Out of that chemical, the half is used to make new plastic and rest can be recycled – a clean, clear water bottle out of waste.