July 21, 2011

Plastic-to-energy tech gains ground

I wrote an article (subscription only) for ICIS Chemical Business (published on June 6) about the increasing development of recycled plastics being used as energy source or alternative chemical feedstock. Companies included in the article are Dow Chemical, Agilyx, JBI Global, and comments from the American Chemistry Council's Steve Russell (VP of the ACC plastics division).

Dow Chemical announced on May 23 that  it was able to successfully recovered 96% of available energy - an equivalent to 11.1 million Btu’s of natural gas - after incinerating 578 pounds of used plastic (linear low density polyethylene scraps) in a kiln at one of dow's waste treatment facilities. Dow's plastics sustainability leader Jeff Wooster said that the project started in 2010.



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