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NadineJ
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
NadineJ   8/28/2014 10:39:22 AM
@a2: what are your thoughts on the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"?

a.saji
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
a.saji   8/28/2014 6:06:10 AM
Well there are 2 sides in it here. True we do not have to look back on history but we can learn something from history itself and make sure that we do not repeat it again

a2
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
a2   8/28/2014 1:16:43 AM
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@NadineJ: Well maybe but I feel that we should not take decisions based on history. We should look positively and focus towards the future. 

NadineJ
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
NadineJ   8/28/2014 12:19:07 AM
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True, Alberta oil Barons are raking it in.  But, at what cost?

I'm confident that history will show how horrible fracking is for all of us.

fdos
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
fdos   8/27/2014 11:57:00 PM
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Well Canada can afford major projects like this because they have the infrastructure built for it. 

NadineJ
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
NadineJ   8/27/2014 10:45:40 PM
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Plastics to Oil out of Canada.  Formerly JBI, Inc has been written about here in the past.

NadineJ
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
NadineJ   8/27/2014 10:45:12 PM
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There are companies working on it.  They seem to have some success and some set backs.

I'm sure that politics often interfere with progress.

If we could pull plastics out of the oceans and turn it into fuel, we'd all be better off.  But, many governments and corporations would have to answer for how the plastics got there in the first place.

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Re: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Ann R. Thryft   8/27/2014 2:45:50 PM
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Greg, it's funny, but every time I write about alternative fuels someone asks that question about emissions. I do know that there's a net overall reduction in emissions for all these methods. Very few of these methods actually burn plastics. Even the few remaining ones that do are by law entirely closed-loop emission-contained systems. Today, this is a non-issue, at least in the US.
We can't give links anymore in comments, but I suggest you check out this article I did, and its comments, from two years ago:
Fuel From Plastic Nears Commercialization
It answers a lot of these questions.



Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
Ann R. Thryft   8/27/2014 2:35:22 PM
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To answer your last question, Gorsky, "If this is a feasible approach to conversion of plastics into energy why hasn't somebody done something about it?" that's a very good question indeed. First, there are multiple methods used, as we mention. They all have different tradeoffs. Second, there's an infrastructure that has to be built for each one, since their products are different. Third, a market has to be developed for each one. I think you get the picture.
Fact is, this already is being done, and that's part of what the study is tracking.



Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Converting plastics to energy
Ann R. Thryft   8/27/2014 2:32:21 PM
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Gorsky, those are good questions, and are answered in several of the blogs we give links to. Generally, it all depends on the particular method used. For example, in this blog's second graphic, "source-separated materials" means sorted materials. Some plastics-to-energy methods require separated plastics and some don't. Check out the study, or our previous blogs, for more details.

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