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Old 07-11-2010, 04:00 PM   #1
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Plastic Bags Into Power?
Why should a plastic bag languish in a landfill when it could be powering your computer?

NY Times
Jessica Marshall
June 25, 2010
In a process that is as simple as throwing bits of plastic in a chamber and heating it up, Pol can turn the plastic into tiny spheres of pure carbon just a few microns across. These spheres, which conduct heat and electricity, could be useful in a long list of applications from tires to batteries to lubricants.
Rather than just melting the waste plastic and re-extruding it, Pol's process continues to heat plastic bags or other plastic waste past the point of melting. He holds the material in a sealed container that builds up pressure as the material gets hotter and hotter and becomes a gas.
"Not only are the resulting spheres cheaper than today's sources, they take care of plastic waste," Deshpande said. It is helpful that the potential applications for the spheres have huge markets to match the huge amount of plastic waste. "It makes sense to replace a mass level of waste with something that has a mass level of usage," he said.
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