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PLastic to oil converter Answered

One year later, I found that video on youtube about a japanese scientist who converted plastic back to oil :

Source : http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/plastic-to-oil-fantastic/

I waited for a convenient version for home use but still the smallest system weight 50Kg (100 pounds I guess). For what I read on the subject it's a kind of catalytic pyrolysis (whatever it means for such a non scientist as myself...).
As any of you have an idea on how to make this kind of system for everyday use?



7 years ago

first Blest Machine available for $10,000


7 years ago

Ok thank you for both of your answers. I'm not going to convert plastic to oil any time soon. T_T


7 years ago

A catalytic Pyrolysis reaction is a two part concept:

first, you break things apart using high temperatures.

In most practical circumstances, that means you heat things up waaaay past their auto-ignition temperature without a bunch of atmospheric oxygen getting into the mix and then seeing what happens.

The simplest example of this is making charcoal.

The catalytic aspect of this is using a catalyst to promote certain chemical reactions that produce certain products.

The biggest example of this that i can think of is acetic acid (vinegar) synthesis.
Acetic acid comes into being in basically 2 processes: Fermentation and The Monsanto Process.

The Monsanto Process is a catalytic pyrolysis.

If you do it right, you shouldn't have to refine anything further, cause all the refinement takes place in the pyrolysis reaction.

If you have a wealth of steel drums, and know how to weld, i could walk a person through how to make some basic pyrolysis rigs. I don't think they could make octane, but... they might be able to make some good methanol.


7 years ago

The idea behind these systems is to take any hydrocarbon based material (food, plastic, wood, etc), cut them into small bits and expose this to very high pressures and temperatures. Once the conversion is complete you need to do a kind of pressure based distillation to separate gas, water and oil (and a mineral slurry).

I once looked up prices for these kind of reactors for a research project I was proposing and a reactor of 10 litres it cost about 50,000 euros (and we needed several). This kind of killed the project as you may imagine.

Dont forget that after having made and recovered oil you still need to refine it into something usefull like gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and tars. Even if you manage to do the first step at home this step is also major problem to overcome.