Thursday, March 20, 2014

How pastic shopping bags can make a fine diesel fuel (Video)

Every year, over one trillion plastic bags are used around the world. The average American consumer alone uses 300 annually.  Now, researchers at the University of Illinois and the US Department of Agriculture are working to turn plastic shopping bags into fuels, including diesel, gasoline, and natural gas. Because the bags are made from petroleum, researchers use a process called pyrolysis, applying heat in an oxygen free chamber converting the bags into various crude oil distillates.