Turning waste into an alternative energy source with thermal depolymerization

The organic materials used are often referred to as feed stock, and the most common among them are plastic bottles, medical waste, tires, turkey “offal” or carcasses, sewer sludge and paper. Many of them can generate anywhere from 8% to a staggering 70% oil from the process.

Many people often leap to the conclusion that this process must be able to convert any garbage into a usable form of energy, but this is not the case. Carbon dioxide and methane are not suitable for the thermo depolymerization systems at work because they are long molecular chains that do not respond to such treatment.

The additional materials that are being explored for the thermal depolymerization process include things like animal and agricultural wastes, but there is strong competition for such supplies from the fertilizer industry. Additionally, animal feed companies and paper mills are also after the same materials as the thermal depolymerization groups. This is interesting because it is clear that the planet is being rapidly filled by too much garbage and waste, and yet there seems to be a shortage of it for those hoping to create alternative oil supplies. There are, however, a few successful plants in operation including Changing World Technologies, among others. Visit www.gogreenitems.com for the latest eco news and product updates.


Interested in making your own oil? If you had the right equipment you might be able to whip up a batch of oil from any carbon-based waste you gathered. This means you could go around collecting used tires, animal carcasses, or a variety of plastics and implement the technique known as thermal depolymerization to convert them into light crude oil.

The process reduces the organic materials into oil by mimicking and speeding up the processes that often lead to the creation of fossil fuels. This demands intense heat and pressure and the presence of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen to complete, but can yield impressive results.

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