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Green Hydrogen From Plastic: Using Pyrolysis Technology by NTU Singapore

Here’s an article posted in Biofuels Digest.

According to the article,

Top management consulting experts for Bio-energy, EV, Solar, Green Hydrogen

  • Innovation Unveiled: NTU Singapore pioneers pyrolysis technology to transform plastic waste into hydrogen, a groundbreaking solution for environmental sustainability.
  • Hydrogen from Plastic: The research team successfully develops a process that converts plastic waste into valuable hydrogen, addressing both plastic pollution and contributing to clean energy production.
  • Pyrolysis Technology: NTU’s innovative pyrolysis technology involves the thermal decomposition of plastic waste, releasing hydrogen gas as a clean energy source.

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The process developed by NTU Singapore involves pyrolysis, a high-temperature chemical process that breaks down plastic waste into hydrogen and carbon nanotubes. Here’s an elaboration of the process along with specific data points and informative facts:

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  1. Pyrolysis Technology: Pyrolysis is a thermal decomposition process that involves breaking down organic materials at high temperatures without the presence of oxygen. In the case of plastic waste, pyrolysis can convert it into useful products like hydrogen and carbon nanotubes.
  2. Plastic Waste Feedstock: The plastic waste used in this process includes items that are difficult to recycle conventionally, such as contaminated food packaging, styrofoam, and plastic bags. These types of plastic litter are typically incinerated or sent to landfills, contributing to environmental pollution.
  3. High Temperature Conversion: The plastic waste is subjected to high temperatures in a pyrolysis reactor, typically ranging from 300°C to 800°C. This heat causes the plastic molecules to break down into smaller hydrocarbon molecules, leading to the formation of gases like hydrogen and solid carbon residues.
  4. Hydrogen Production: One of the main products of the pyrolysis process is hydrogen gas (H2). Hydrogen is separated from other gases produced during pyrolysis and can be collected for various applications. Hydrogen is a clean and versatile energy carrier that can be used for generating electricity and powering fuel cells.
  5. Carbon Nanotube Formation: Along with hydrogen, the pyrolysis process also yields carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Carbon nanotubes are cylindrical carbon structures with remarkable mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. They have applications in various fields, including biomedical and industrial sectors. CNTs can be separated and collected as a valuable by-product of the pyrolysis process.
  6. Environmental Benefits: The conversion of plastic waste into hydrogen and carbon nanotubes through pyrolysis offers several environmental benefits. It helps mitigate the accumulation of plastic waste in landfills and reduces the need for incineration, which can release harmful pollutants into the environment. Additionally, the production of hydrogen as a clean energy source contributes to the transition towards a more sustainable and low-carbon economy.
  7. Clean Energy Generation: Hydrogen produced from plastic waste via pyrolysis can be used as a clean fuel for various applications, including powering fuel cells in electric vehicles. When hydrogen is consumed in a fuel cell, the only by-product generated is clean water, making it an environmentally friendly energy source.

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  2. Pune’s Green Hydrogen: Waste-to-Hydrogen Project Launched
    • India’s first waste-to-hydrogen project in Pune aims to manage waste and lower emissions using green hydrogen, a partnership between Pune Municipal Corporation and The Green Billions.

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Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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