Environmental friendliness is one of the majorly important topics in the 21st century, and has the attention of people in all fields of work. However one of the leading problems is radioactive waste. The reason being is because it has w very huge half-life, and therefore, will take a long time to decompose back into the earth. Since that is the case, things like plastic, which has become essential to our daily lives, yet also is one of the hugest pieces of material that gets thrown away, is a huge pollutant ad endangers animals when not properly thrown a away.
Yet there is a new player in the environmental game it is a rookie however it does look promising. It is the invention that helps turn plastic bags into fuel for ones home.
From PhysOrg.com [http://phys.org/news/2011-02-plastic-bags-fuel-home.html]:
— Plastic bags help you carry your groceries home, they make excellent liners for smaller-sized trash cans, and now they can help you to heat your home. A Japanese inventor has found a way to convert plastic grocery bags, bottles and caps into usable petroleum.
Plastic bags are, of course, made from petroleum to begin with, but it is not the same kind of petroleum that is used in fuel. In order to turn home waste into home power the machine heats up the waste plastic and traps the vapors created in a system of pipes and water chambers. Finally, the machine condenses the vapors into crude oil, that can be used for heating on the home level.
This Machine is also bein tested on U.S soil: “A large power plant which is located just outside of Washington, D.C., is currently testing a similar process for use on the community level. This is simply the first device of this kind that is meant for use on a single-home scale. The machines conversion process can turn two pounds of plastic into one quart of oil, using only one kilowatt-hour of energy. The crude oil produced can then either be used in a power generator or be further refined into gasoline, though one would need a second machine to complete the refining process and create gasoline.”
Many home users will be deterred by the initial cost, since the machine currently runs about $10,000. The developer hopes that the cost will be reduced as the demand for the device increases. The device is named the carbon-negative system and it is being sold by the Blest Corporation.
Now with that said, I think this is a wonderful machine. and I do hope that the cost goes down. Yet since this invention is such a revoultion in technology and helpful to the environment, why does the government of nations like Japan and the U.S. not make this a requirement for all houses and apartment complexes like it did to change mostly all light bubs being installed to being energy saver light bulbs, and water faucets and pipelines having new regulations on the lowest content of lead in it?
That is the Question!