A research, led by a team at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in India, shows how disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) can be used to make biofuel.
With COVID-19, the use of PPE, such as protective suits, and masks, has drastically augmented, and their disposal could be problematic as they take years to decompose. This could solve our energy problem, and the challenges brought by this pandemic.
The disposable equipment can be converted into biofuel using a process called pyrolysis. This chemical process consists of breaking down plastics, contained in the equipment, into liquid biofuel, at temperature of 300 to 400 degrees Celsius.
The biofuel made out of PPE is clean and resembles fuel made from fossil fuels. This process could allow us to rely less on fossil fuels, which is not infinite, and help solve environmental problems at the same time.
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