Transform world’s waste into oil

With a future increase in the world population, one thing is for sure, we will be producing more waste products in various forms, whether it be tyres, plastic bottles, human waste, old computers, municipal garbage, cornstalks, infectious medical waste, oil-refinery residues etc. A company in Philadelphia has built a pilot plant to transform this waste in order to supplement supplies of oil.

So in terms of issues of sustainability facing the global environment, this concept could help deal with world’s dwindling supplies of oil, slow down global warming and help with waste management.

The process is called the Thermal Depolymerization Process (TDP) and involves using almost any waste product imaginable, subjecting it to the TDP process and subsequently the end product is either high-quality oil, clean-burning gas, and purified minerals that can be used as fuels, fertilizers, or specialty chemicals for manufacturing.If the concept works as planned, it is anticipated the world’s agricultural, industrial, and municipal waste could be put to good use.

As an example of how useful this techonology could be, the article here suggests that,
“Just converting all the U.S. agricultural waste into oil and gas would yield the energy equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil annually”.

So… there’s hope for the increasing amounts of waste our growing population will produce. Maybe a good company to follow and for all you Venture Capitalists out there .. go for it!!

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3 comments on “Transform world’s waste into oil
  1. Jean-Francois Goubet says:

    That statement is interesting. On the same idea, I remember seeing a documentary about products that we could recycle such as tires. they were talking about Formula 1 tires tha were actually recycled as countertop and plastic laminated flooring….

  2. Ron says:

    Interesting article.
    Farmes in Europe have been capturing methane gas from manure storage to produce electricity. This practise has recently been introduced on Canadian farms. Power generated from these projects are sold back to the utility companies. These projects cost between $200,000 – $400,000 (CDN)are financially feasible. Hopeful technological advance will further increase the feasibilty of converting waste into energy.
    Ron

  3. khajarin says:

    I agreed with this aritcle to find the new way to both decrease the waste and increase the energy. However, the questions of how much are the questions that immediately pop-up in my mind. Does this technology cost too high to do within company level or nation level? The cost-benefit analysis should be done with the collaboration from the stakeholders.
    This link provides the additional information about the experiment nad its results in America.
    http://www.sovereignty.org.uk/features/footnmouth/zwaste2.html.

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