Hyderabad Engineer Sells Petrol Made From Plastic At Rs 40 Per Litre & Now We Want To Own A Car
The most daring purchase in today’s day and age is oil. It’s expensive, it’s non-renewable and it’s easily the most-required resource we have today.
It’s a known fact that with every passing budget, oil prices, especially fuel prices go up, giving inflation a boost every year. But what if we told you, fuel could be bought at INR 40 a litre? You obviously wouldn’t believe us, would you?
A Hyderabad mechanical engineer has done the unthinkable by making petrol out of used plastic and is now selling it at Rs 40 per litre! Professor Satish Kumar, who has founded a company registered with the Ministry of Micro, small and medium enterprises, stated that the three-step procedure to convert plastic to fuel is known as ‘plastic pyrolysis’.
Since 2016, the professor has converted 50 tonnes of ‘end life plastic’, which is plastic that can’t be recycled, into fuel and currently, his company is producing 200 litres of petrol daily, out of 200 kg of plastic and selling it for a minimal amount.
“The process helps recycle plastic into diesel, aviation fuel and petrol. About 500-kg of non-recyclable plastic can produce 400 litres of fuel. It is a simple process which requires no water and doesn’t release wastewater. Neither does it pollute the air as the process happens in a vacuum,”
Satish Kumar told News 18.
The fuel is currently being used for industries but is yet to be tested for vehicles. And if it does, I think fuel prices will see a new day and age in India! Except for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), all other kinds of plastic can be used to make petrol.
“Our main aim behind starting this plant is to help the environment. We are not expecting commercial benefits. We are only trying to do our bit to ensure a cleaner future. We are ready to share our technology with any interested entrepreneur,”
Honestly, with the huge piles of plastic waste crowding our landfills, this method is an actual economic resource and we’re glad someone discovered it in good time.
“The current prices of petrol, which is derived from crude hydrocarbons, range between Rs 70 and Rs 80 per litre. Petrol, in this case, costs Rs 30-40 per litre. There is a mammoth amount of solid waste generated in the country. It could be procured at a minuscule cost,” IIP director M.O. Garg stated in a conversation with Mail Today
The process is lengthy, but not so tedious. Plastic is a polymer and polymer needs to be de-polymerised for the process to work. The dead plastic is then put in a vacuum chamber, along with other ingredients and heated to 350-400 degrees Celsius by either induction, microwave or infrared heating. This causes gasification, and the inline distillation system that is set up separates petrol, diesel and high-speed diesel. The by-product of the reaction is petrol gas and petroleum coke.
“There is no chimney or exhaust in the factory, because the entire plastic is converted. Even the by-products of the process can be put to use,”
Satish points out.
We’re just glad that someone is taking a worthwhile initiative to clear off dead-plastic and consume it in a more efficient way. We hope Satish can carry forth this research and make viable petrol for vehicles, that can change the economic trajectory around.