Entrepreneurs in Jordan have developed a prototype closed-loop process using pyrolysis to convert shredded plastic particles into sulfur-free diesel fuel. Their startup, Pyrofuel, has converted 20 kilogram batches of plastic into 20 liter batches of premium diesel. So far the technology’s usefulness is limited by the dearth of plastic recycling programs in Jordan. Pyrolysis uses heat to break down hydrocarbon plastic waste that, in the absence of oxygen, becomes pyrolytic oil. The process then converts the oil into diesel fuel.
Turning plastics into fuel