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IIT-M students develop mobile unit that turns plastic waste into fuel oil (

A team of students from IIT-Madras has developed a solar-powered mobile unit that converts non-recyclable plastic waste into fuel oil that is cheaper than diesel and can be used as a substitute in generators, industrial boilers, furnaces, diesel-powered engines and agricultural pumps.

The technology, called Pyrolysis essentially breaks down polymer chain in plastic at 350-500 degree Celsius in the absence of oxygen to get the low density fuel oil.

As per a India generates about 6 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which 2 million tonnes remain uncollected.

Let’s hope they succeed in finding a solution to this environmental issue!


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