Plastic Pollution is a global epidemic with a particularly dramatic impact on the marine environment. The problem required an international demographic a generation to create and we should expect that it would require a similar global scope and time scale to manage. The only force strong enough to motivate a multinational generation to do something collectively is profit.
The Business Potential of Plastic to Fuel
Clean Oceans International is working to prove that profit can transform the plastic pollution landscape in a positive fashion on a global scale. In 2015 we have took delivery of the first commercial unit designed by Eco-Fuel Technologies (EFT) of Livonia Michigan and built by SAIC.
EFT’s patented process generates diesel, gasoline or other petroleum products continuously from specific plastic waste streams and processes most packaging. Conversion is done through thermal-depolymerization using safe clean electrical power. Eco-Fuel’s patented catalytic process saves time, energy and space. P2F conversion is clean and quiet and suitable for small-scale installation.
Plastic to Fuel Collaboration
COI is collaborating with Cabrillo college and the University of California Santa Cruz to take Eco-Fuel’s technology from prototype to profitable while maintaining independent academic oversight on the process and the product for human and environmental safety.
Empowering communities all over the Globe
PTF is as applicable in remote communities as in metropolitan areas, providing recycling options locally, which eliminates the need for expensive and carbon intensive transport and handling operations. Fuel produced can supplement supplies already required to conduct waste handling processes. In a win-win situation waste managers have a quick return on their investment and avoid landfilling plastic and less plastic is loose to enter the environment.
We gave a talk at TedX in about plastic to fuel technologies as well.