At first, when I heard that plastic waste of many types can be converted to oil, I have to admit I was not that interested. But after giving it a second thought, it seems like a pretty good way to clean up the planet. And, water-powered electric generators run amazingly cleanly and efficiently with diluted crude oil, which is exactly what the plastic conversion process produces. So, what are we waiting for, cleanup the plastic all over the planet and power our clean generators with the water-and-crude product! Love it!
Although the present story sounds too good to be true, it holds up to scrutiny and does not violate any physical laws. Yes, it is a fact that plastics are generally recycled back into oil in massive facilities, and this is possible because most of the plastics today are made from oil. The Japanese inventor here, Mr. Akinori Ito has in fact built a tabletop machine called Blest Machine which can do the same task safely and cleanly.
“If we burn the plastic, we generate toxins and a large amount of CO2. If we convert it into oil, we save CO2 and at the same time increase people’s awareness about the value of plastic garbage,” says Akinori Ito, CEO of Blest.
Blest’s conversion technology is very safe because it uses a temperature controlling electric heater rather than flame. The machines are able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene but not PET bottles. The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike. One kilogram of plastic produces almost one liter of oil. To convert that amount takes about 1 kwh of electricity, which is approximately ¥20 or 20 cents’ worth.