Non-recyclable plastic waste can be used to fuel cell vehicle (FCEV)
Turning waste into treasure! British companies can make plastic waste into Electric vehicle fuel.
The UK manufactures create about 5 million tons of plastic waste every year, but less than a third is recycled, and the rest eventually enters the dump. According to the CNN reported, The Powerhouse Energy Company has developed a technology that can turn these plastic waste into treasure, create clean energy, provide hydrogen power for fuel cell electric vehicle, and provide electricity to the community. The new technology developed by the Powerhouse Energy Company breaks up the waste first and heats it to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit (about 982 degrees Celsius) to produce syngas. This is a mixture of hydrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. Syngas can be burned to generate electricity, and hydrogen can be separated as a fuel for fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).
Currently, three-quarters of the world’s FCEV use natural gas as fuel.
Fuel cell electric vehicle（FCEV）is a type of electric vehicle which uses a fuel cell, instead of a battery, or in combination with a battery or supercapacitor, to power its on-board electric motor. Fuel cells in vehicles generate electricity to power the motor, generally using oxygen from the air and compressed hydrogen. Most fuel cell vehicles are classified as zero-emissions vehicles that emit only water and heat. As compared with internal combustion vehicles, hydrogen vehicles centralize pollutants at the site of hydrogen production, where hydrogen is typically derived from reformed natural gas. Transporting and storing hydrogen may also create pollutants. Compared with battery-powered electric vehicles, FCEV have two advantages, their endurance is stronger, and the inflating takes only a few minutes, which is much faster than the battery-powered electric car.
Although carbon emissions are reduced by 30% compared to the petrol vehicle, natural gas-fueled vehicles still generate carbon emissions. Powerful energy companies say that the clean energy produced by their new technology powers cars and produces much less carbon emissions than natural gas energy vehicles. In addition, the use of waste that would otherwise be landfill is more beneficial to the environment. Powerhouse Energy Company says its new technology produces clean energy that powers cars and produces far less carbon emissions than gas-powered cars. (Moreover, it is better for the environment to use plastic waste that would otherwise go to landfill.)
The technology is still in the demonstration stage.
“Hydrogen is the perfect energy for every vehicle on the road.” said David Ryan, CEO of Powerhouse Energy Company. FCEV could replace the hybrid car in the future. You can drive a FCEV car with a battery as a backup. For big trucks and passenger cars. For big trucks and passenger cars, hydrogen is the best source of clean energy, Powerhouse Energy company’s technology could provide trucks and buses with “Enough fuel for a full day’s transportation, and then return to the base to inflate it for the next day.” The company plans to start with 11 sites in the UK, with the ultimate goal of setting up a number of small sites near major cities around the world that will use local waste to power and generate hydrogen for communities.