Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil

Submitted by: a1butcher 7 years ago in Science

Real or Fake? If this is for real then what are we waiting for?
There are 74 comments:
Male 1
I have a machine that converts paper into trees...Lol. If this is even true, I`m sure it requires far more energy to convert the plastic, than the energy created by the oil produced. This is a waste of resouces. Why don`t we utilize hemp and eliminate petro-chemicals all together.
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Female 30
@xtreme_dude

Where is this country you live in that seems to be made from sense? I didn`t realize one existed.
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Female 155
I agree with xtreme_dude. That is all.
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Male 119
so we convert oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil then oil into plastic then plastic into oil... how many times can we do this
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Male 756
been real since plastic was invented. NEXT!
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Male 1,370
To all you people saying "plastic is made of oil".

THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS.
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Male 1,370
WOW! Something that makes sense and could be very convenient AND easy to use?! Won`t expect to see it in america because we seem to be a nation founded on not making sense.
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Female 2,695
not even going to watch this. most plastic is made from oil.
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Male 987
"I`d like to believe this but I think it`s fake and designed so people don`t throw away their trash but hold onto it. He was putting aluminum, Styrofoam and other stuff in there not just plastic."
I would suspect that it simply does not melt and produce a gas that would contain the gas they are filtering into oil. However, I have my doubts as well.
I`ll add it to my favorites and watch closely.
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Male 1,364
since plastic is made out of oil. this isnt a big surprise.
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Male 94
yall are haters, anyone know how to make it? kinda interested in making one
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Male 86
Holy crap, its japanese Alec Baldwin!
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Male 496
For my next trick, I will turn kool aid into plain water.
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Male 1,193
I`d like to believe this but I think it`s fake and designed so people don`t throw away their trash but hold onto it. He was putting aluminum, Styrofoam and other stuff in there not just plastic.
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Male 17,511
davymid: There are several plastic recycling plants here in the USA, But the cost comes in sorting out all the different types, right now it has to be done by hand. Sorting through it, At a plant, Is a dirty smelly job most Americans don`t want to do, So the labor costs are rather high. The only thing that keeps these plants operational (profitable) are continued government grants. Most of the recycling plants do use the gasses from the melting plastics to help fuel the generators though.

What is done with the toxins from that process ? I don`t know, I`ve not been able to discover a decent answer to that question as of yet.
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Male 6,693
Let me take this oil product and show you how to make oil.
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Male 42
Um...Plastic is made from oil...
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Male 422
And I wonder how much oil is needed for the electricity to run that...
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Male 703
"someday, old landfills will be mined by future generations"

No, they will be dug up as archaeological sites, but the only things in the landfill would be the crap no one now wants, and future-people will think we all like... I dunno, what`s something really really terrible?
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Male 464
Plastic is made from crude oil. This machine simply makes it less dense...
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Male 877
someday,old landfills will be mined by future gererations...you can see it comming
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Male 4
I agree, I think you guys below were missing the point. Its not a source of perpetual energy, its just a way to keep the plastic out of landfills, using it as oil that would have been burned anyway, whether this machine had been invented or not.
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Male 703
Ok, so yes it takes more energy to melt plastic than you would get from the oil. But what percentage is retained? Suppose 80% of energy is conserved. Then maybe it`s worth the 20% to turn landfill into useful energy, no? You`ve a) kept the streets nicer and b) effectively removed the enviro-babble released by either burning plastic or letting it degrade in nature.
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Male 593
Is plastic not made from oil anyways? Fail, this is like a machine that freezes your water and then liquefies it again!
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Male 1,547
Second Law of Thermodynamics, b*tches
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Male 425
Of course it`s entirely possible, but the 2nd law of thermodynamics requires you to put more energy in to make the conversion from plastic to oil, than you would get back out from having oil again.

Entropy, bitches.
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Male 12,138
vv With Crakr on this one. Note that it takes heat to condense the hydrocarbons back from the plastic, as he plugged the machine into the power socket in the wall. How many barrels of oil (or even worse, pounds of coal) did he burn at the local power plant down the road to power his immersion heater, to make a saucer of oil?

Conservation of Energy, people. One of the most basics laws of physics. Every time you convert, some energy is lost. There`s no conspiracy going on, if it made sense, we`d have done it decades ago. People are entrepreneurial like that.

NEXT!
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Male 17,511
The problems with melting plastics is it can release dioxins, bisphenol A, adipates and phthalates, All toxins. Also notice he never mentions how much electricity it takes.

I wouldn`t call this a wonder invention just yet.
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Male 2,004
well it`s not impossible
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Male 154
OHMYFKINGOD its just like the docs car in back to the future 2. F"k yes, japan.
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Male 93
The only question that matters is how much energy he is putting in, and how much might come from the resulting oil. My guess is a net loss.
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Male 1,627
why isnt this all over the news? if it was real wouldnt it be all over the news?

and yes, plastics ARE made from oil but a VERY VERY small amount of oil and its heavily refined. if you can reverse it you are not going to get "oil" you`ll get the refined oil that was used to make the platics.
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Male 1,399
It won`t be long until landfills are little gold mines.

Plastics, metals, circuit boards...when it becomes worthwhile, they`ll be there waiting for us.

Recycling? Not worth the energy it burns.
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Male 1,347
Did people not watch the video? He clearly says that they are going to turn plastics BACK into oil. He explains, albeit briefly, that the majority of plastics [and other polymers and fertilizers and other stuff] are processed from oil. Someone said about it being useful in recycling which is true as well as removing a significant chunk of a home`s solid waste.
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Female 728
sparrowpants: I know that plastic is made from oil. The reason why it is so important that this can turn it back into oil is that plastic tends to pick up contaminants which make it hard to recycle. Not to mention that some plastics cannot be easily reshaped once they are initially shaped. So the plastics like that which can`t be easily recycled just end up in landfills. Being able to turn them back into oil means that the oil can either be burned or turned into plastic again, allowing the plastic to be recycled, rather than thrown away.
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Female 58
PLASTICS ARE MADE *FROM* OIL, YOU IGNORANT NINCOMPOOPS.
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Male 2,424
That would be some carcinogen filled oil!
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Male 215
That`s nothing. I can convert origami into small squares of paper.
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Male 280
Aparently from the picture at 3:27 the machine can also levitate!!!
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Male 3,755
This is almost as amazing as turning oil into plastic...Oh wait...
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Female 535
If it`s real, what are we waiting for? Money. Because we are a greedy species and would rather have a tonne of money than less important things, like life.
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Male 7
Correct me if I`m wrong, but aren`t most plastics made from oil in the first place?
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Male 224
some plastics are chemically crosslinked, which takes higher temperature to uncross than the ignition (burning) temperature of plastics. You`re likely to get burnt plastic than the refined oil.
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Female 728
It might not be efficient, but the oil output isn`t the big draw here. It`s the fact that we can recycle plastic, a substance that normally crowds our landfills and takes centuries to biodegrade. The fact that it can be more efficiently recycled with a machine like this means that we might be able to make better use of our land.
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Female 247
it seems similar to distilling basically...
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Male 758
It`s not new. Machines like this have been around for a few years. Not just plastic, but just about anything organic.
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Male 533
Bet it`s terribly inefficient. But hey, we have fields of plastic we can use.
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Male 716
Even if this isn`t completely right... goddammit this is the right path!

We need more people like him in charge!
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Male 2,344
use all unneeded recycled objects...Make oil...Total profit.
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Male 7,378
Give this man a Nobel!
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Male 1,736
It probably uses a lot more energy than it produces, but it sounds like a good way to recycle CERTAIN kinds of plastics (for example, plastics 2-4). The process is called thermal depolymerization, and can be used for certain kinds of plastics.

No, plastic isn`t made from oil, but there are certain kinds of plastic that have properties that are similar enough
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Male 500
Monday, August 23, 2010 1:44:42 PM
"But how much energy is needed to do the conversion. It would probably take a lot to heat up the plastic enough to break it down into oil.
Nothing`s being done because it`s cheaper, and probably uses less energy, to drill for oil."


What she said. If this was economically viable we`d be doing it years ago.

Only useful if comboined with renewable energy. Kinetic energy is probably better off being made into electricity. This could work with heat from a solar furnace or geothermal vent though, so I guess we could ship all the waste plastic to Iceland.
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Male 69
Thermal depolymerization has been around for years.
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Female 311
"Oil is a hydrocarbon, composed of hydrogen, and carbon.
When it burns, it releases hydrogen gas, but this combines with the oxygen in the air to form water.
It also releases carbon into the air, which combines with oxygen in the air to form CO2, or Carbon Dioxide."

More CO2 for the trees to convert into Oxygen!! XD
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Male 40,728
Hey, did anyone notice that...
IABers: YES!
Oh, so, it`s like made of oil eh?
IABers: WE KNOW!
Ok, Okie then!
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Male 12,138
I won`t put the family vacationon hold just yet...
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Male 394
But, just in case:


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Male 4,807
bataleon27.."Also, why not just recycle the plastic"

Belive it of not.. it actually takes more energy, over all, to recycle plastic than it takes to make it from scratch.
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Male 394
PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!

PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!

PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!

PLASTIC IS MADE FROM OIL!


There, do we need more comments on this video now? Seriously, sometimes a facepalm isn`t enough.
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Female 1,427
"can someone explain burning 1kg of plastic makes 3kg of CO2? is that cos it combines with the air?"

Oil is a hydrocarbon, composed of hydrogen, and carbon.

When it burns, it releases hydrogen gas, but this combines with the oxygen in the air to form water.

It also releases carbon into the air, which combines with oxygen in the air to form CO2, or Carbon Dioxide.
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isnt plastic made from oil?
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Male 415
oh those japanese
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Male 2,506
I dont believe it
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Male 1,178
Thats great and all, but surely we should be coming up with renewable energy sources rather than relying on oil in the first place. Also, why not just recycle the plastic to keep a constant stream of plastic goods like we need rather than converting it back into oil only to be (most probably) made back into plastic at some point.
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Male 698
How about using the oil output to make the electricity that convert plastic into the oil output. Lets hope that in the future there is no stigma of keeping cds or you an put the music in another medium? It could indirectly lead to increaced music pirating (cds are made of plastic).
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Male 226
Like many new technologies, it may not be economical to implement just yet. If the machine takes 20+ years to pay off, that is not economical. Environmentally friendly, yes; practical, no.
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Male 25,416
Cool, lets see teh progression!
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Female 105
But how much energy is needed to do the conversion. It would probably take a lot to heat up the plastic enough to break it down into oil.
Nothing`s being done because it`s cheaper, and probably uses less energy, to drill for oil.
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Male 118
Wow this is insane!!

This is huge!
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Male 716
Very simple concept
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Male 697
can someone explain burning 1kg of plastic makes 3kg of CO2? is that cos it combines with the air?
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Male 59
What kind of catalyst is he using?
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Male 129
Uhhh, plastic come from oil!!!!
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Male 4,807
Link: Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil [Rate Link] - Real or Fake? If this is for real then what are we waiting for?
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