Convert Plastic Into Oil - and Other Nobel Prize Worthy Innovations

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    In the following video, a scientist engineer has built a machine that converts plastic garbage--all kinds of plastic trash--back into oil that can be used as is or further refined into fuel or any other purpose suitable for petroleum products.

    If this can be developed commercially, the benefits will be enormous. Usable oil returned to service, uncountable tons of waste plastic being returned to a usable product rather than clogging landfills all over the world, and most likely a reduction in CO2 as well if any of you are still worried about that.

    And it makes one wonder how many more inventions and innovations are yet to be discovered out there that will 'save the world' while not imposing draconian restrictions and regulations on freedom, choices, options, and opportunities?

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Lg_kvLaAM]YouTube - OW2.0:plastic to Oil Fantastic[/ame]
     
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    Interesting how the chemistry of that must work.
    Or not.
     
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    True. I first thought it was just one of those rigged things--a spoof--but haven't found anybody disputing it. I think it must be the real deal.

    Or maybe he's only marketing it in the third world because it can only be done on a small scale?

    I'm intrigued because it shows one way we can deal with serious issues without handing government of the world so much more authority and power that may not be in our best interests. And I'm always in favor of ways to protect and clean up the environment too.
     
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    Kinda looks like a MR. fusion on the back of a time travelliing Delorean?
     
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    And how the heck do you clean the melted plastic residue out of the gadget?

    does it take more energy to make the "oil" than it produces?
     
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    All good questions. I hope some of our resident engineers and techies chime in soon to provide some insights on that.
     
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    Perhaps he is only sowing in 3rd world countries becuase it creates massive (scale wise) pollution and he could not sell it elsewhere?
     
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    It seems to me that since we make many of our plastics from petroleum products, this should be at least a good possibility. I think it would super if it really worked. We are so wasteful, and with the skyrocketing use of plastic bottles, I would personally love to see a good bit of our waste recycled into something that would be truly useful, not just a personal luxury.
     
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    Again that is a possibility USC, but then again but I thnk rather that it is so far on so small a scale that only people with very limitd oil needs could make good use of it.

    And I'm with you Lizzie. Once I learned that even biodegradable plastic isn't really biodegradable, then I started thinking that there must be some way to efficiently recycle more of it. But this would be even better. Returning it to its original form to be used as energy IF it is in fact practical to do that.
     
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    I bet it takes more energy to convert the plastic to oil than the energy the oil produces in when used in your car.
     

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