Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can be transformed into renewable liquid fuels, according to a new study in the journal Biofuels, published by the Taylor & Francis Group.
The research describes a strategy for converting billions of items of disposable PPE from its plastic state into biofuels.
The transformation into biocrude, a type of synthetic fuel, will not just prevent the severe after-effects to humankind and the environment but also produce a source of energy, the researchers from The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies said.
The researchers call for PPE waste to be converted into fuel using chemical a process called pyrolysis.
This breaks down plastic at high temperature – between 300-400°C for an hour – without oxygen.
Source: The Indian Express