The reactor can convert between 100 and 10,000 pound of plastic daily — generating 10 to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
As Reported by Seeker:
In 2008, with a hurricane bearing down on them, Captain James E. Holm and his crew docked their sailboat at a small island off the coast of Panama.
While waiting for their route to clear, they collected trash that had washed up on a nearby beach — wrappers, containers, syringes with needles still on them.
“Rather than opening my eyes, it more brought tears to my eyes,” Holm said Monday at an annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. “The people that live there don’t have plastic packaging. They don’t have Oreos and potato chips. That plastic was from me — us — civilization as we know it. And I felt a tinge of responsibility for having done that and thought perhaps I’m in a position to do something about it.”
Over his 40 years at sea, Holm said has seen a “steady decline in the health of the ocean.”
Holm founded a Santa Cruz-based nonprofit Clean Oceans International (COI) and partnered with Swaminathan Ramesh, an organic chemist, to develop a process to turn hydrocarbon-based plastics into diesel fuel with a relatively small, mobile reactor.
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