A Hyderabad-based mechanical engineer has done wonders by making petrol out of used plastic and now he is selling it at Rs 40 per liter. Professor Satish Kumar had founded a company registered with the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises told News18 that he made petrol with the help of a three-step process known as plastic pyrolysis.
“The process helps recycle plastic into diesel, aviation fuel, and petrol. About 500-kg of non-recyclable plastic can produce 400 liters of fuel. It is a simple process which requires no water and doesn’t release wastewater. Neither does it pollute the air as the process happens in a vacuum,” Kumar told News18.
Professor Satish has converted 50 tonnes of ‘end-life’ plastic which can’t be recycled into petrol and at his present, his company is producing 200 liters of petrol a day out 200 kg of plastic and the company sells it to the local industries for Rs 40 to 50 a liter.
The fuel is being used by industries, but it is yet to be tested whether it works in vehicles. Except for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), all other kinds of plastics can be used to make petrol and no segregation.
“Our main aim behind starting this plant is to help the environment. We are not expecting commercial benefits. We are only trying to do our bit to ensure a cleaner future. We are ready to share our technology with any interested entrepreneur,” he said.