Green Tech: Upcycling Plastic Waste into Hydrogen for Homes & Vehicles

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Plastic Waste to Hydrogen

One metric tonne of plastic waste blends with two hundred kilograms of iron powder catalyst to generate sufficient hydrogen for selective heating of approximately two hundred houses. The same process has the potential to produce 900 kg of graphite and carbon nanotubes, both of which can be incorporated into battery technology for electric power vehicles.

The University of Oxford presents this incredible development in green technology. The team that has developed this technique has named it “microwave catalysis.” The discovery is now being commercialized by CarbonMeta Technologies (OTCMKTS: COWI), which intends to create high-value products for the market by processing waste plastic on a large scale in microwave machines specifically designed for processing.

This innovative “microwave catalysis” is designed to transform one tonne of plastic, on average, in two hours, with the material reaching temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius.

CarbonMeta Technologies is scaling up this technology, forming commercial collaborations with other parties, such as multinational multi-energy providers in Europe. The most recent undertaking on its agenda is a project in Spain. In this project, the team will investigate how various waste-mixed plastics mixtures will react to “microwave catalysis to achieve the most considerable yields possible.

The goal of CarbonMeta’s “upcycling” of waste plastic and materials from the building industry is to contribute toward mitigating the world’s worsening pollution and climate issues. The technology developed by the business will facilitate the transition to two of the most important renewable energy sources: hydrogen, which can be used for transportation or heating houses, and batteries for electric vehicles. 

Oxford don, Professor Peter Edwards, is the mastermind behind this novel technology of converting plastic into hydrogen. He has over twenty years of experience conducting research in chemistry with an emphasis on the environment. Among his other accomplishments are the utilization of carbon dioxide in the production of aviation fuel and the extraction of environmentally friendly hydrogen from fossil fuels. In 1996, he was honored with the title Fellow of the Royal Society.

Regarding the project in Spain, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CarbonMeta Technologies, Lloyd Spencer, stated that they are on the way to completely commercializing the technology. Even while putting a halt to the production of so much plastic is a significant part of the solution to the problem of plastic pollution, we still need an environmentally friendly method for dealing with the plastic that is still being made. This method of generating something clean and useful out of plastic has the potential to have a global reach if it receives financial and entrepreneurial support from the United States of America, research assistance from the United Kingdom, and commercial backing from Europe.

Dubbing this “microwave catalysis” a groundbreaking answer to the global crisis of plastics waste, Professor Peter Edwards remarked how exciting it is for his coworkers and him to observe this technology making its way out of the constrained environment of a chemistry lab and into the realm of testing on a truly commercial scale. Because they want to demonstrate the potential of their “microwave catalysis” process to place plastic waste as the main contributor to hydrogen energy and battery technology, they are looking for the most reliable numbers on yield as humanly possible.

The findings of the European study are scheduled to be made public in the fall of 2022, and subsequent commercial agreements with international energy companies that stand to gain from the technology are anticipated to follow shortly after that.

Wausau, Wisconsin, United States-based CarbonMeta Technologies is transitioning into a business that will process organic wastes into economically sustainable hydrogen and high-value carbon products. CarbonMeta Technologies and its subsidiaries focus on processing organic wastes into economically sustainable high-value carbon products and hydrogen.

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