Trials have been completed at the newly set up plant where young engineers-turned- entrepreneurs converted plastic waste into reusable fuels including diesel, petrol and kerosene. The GMC expects that the ‘plastic-to-petrol’ plant would produce fuel required to run its vehicles.
This is considered to be 100% indigenous, zero pollution and zero waste-plastic waste vanishing plant, which will not only be a one-of-its kind facility in the country but also in the world, said municipal commissioner C Anuradha. She said the plant will become operational shortly.
“This facility will also be the first in the world to not only safely handle plastic waste generated from Covid-19 testing and other handling facilities such as testing kits and PPE kits, besides other related waste such as sanitizer bottles,” Anuradha told TOI.
Facility can transform waste into usable fuel
The plastic waste processing facility can transform waste end-of-life plastic into usable automobile fuels like diesel and petrol in a singular process of sublimation, condensation and distillation.
The facility has the capacity to handle about 0.5 tonnes of plastic waste per day, converting it into 45-95 % liquid automotive fuel and five to 55% activated carbon.
“We have developed technology indigenously that heats plastic in a kiln using electricity, consequently negating the need for fossil fuels and overcoming the barrier of plastic being a poor conductor of heat, sublimating plastic into a gaseous state which is then condensed and distilled in a only one of its kind in-line distillation process involving plastic de-polymerisation,” BV Satish Kumar, the brain behind the project, told TOI.
While there are several technologies available to handle plastic waste, all of them pollute environment in varying degrees, but this technology is completely safe, said Mahesh Siripurapu, managing director of Needa Green Energy Limited (NGEL), which completed the project for the GMC.