We have only one Earth, we better save it before it’s too late
While many of the inventions of humankind has resulted in the deterioration of the planet, there are inventions that can lead to a better eco-system. With the use of plastic increasing at an alarming rate and making the Earth a dump yard, many people and various organizations are striving to use this garbage efficiently. One among such people is Professor Satish Kumar who is based in the south Indian city of Hyderabad.
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This Hyderabad-based mechanical engineer has done his best to utilize plastic waste and has made petrol out of plastic. What is remarkable is that he is selling this petrol at Rs 40/litre ($0.6/litre), which is the lowest you can get in India.
Professor Satish Kumar has registered his company under the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises. He makes petrol with the help of a process called plastic pyrolysis – which is a three-step procedure.
Recycling Plastic into Petrol
Speaking to News18, a leading news handle in India, Kumar said that this process aids in the recycling of plastic into aviation fuel, diesel, and petrol. By using this method, one can produce 400 litres of fuel by using 500 kilograms of non-recyclable plastic. The process doesn’t pollute the air nor does it release wastewater as it doesn’t require water. This vacuum-based process is a boon to eradicate plastic from all over the world, bit-by-bit.
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Kumar has already recycled 50 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic into petrol. At present, his company is producing an average of 200 litres of petrol in a day out of 200 kg of plastic. It sells the petrol produced to the local industries for prices as slow as Rs 40. The petrol is being effectively used in industries. However, it is to be tested on its usage on vehicles. All other kinds of plastics other than Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) can be used to make petrol without segregation.
Professor Satish Kumar’s Venture
Speaking about this venture, Kumar said that their main aim behind starting this plant is to help the environment. He is not expecting any commercial benefits from it and is only trying to do his bit to ensure a cleaner future. Interestingly, he is ready to share this technology with any interested entrepreneur.
Hopefully, more and more people like Professor Satish Kumar will come forward to save the environment!
More power to them.