Professor Satish Kumar making petrol from plastic!

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Professor Satish Kumar

The world has indeed not reached its goal of sustainable development. Years of mismanagement and corruption in the oil industry had already led to the widespread threat of petrol shortage around the world. A few States have even started rationing petrol and diesel. Prices at the pump have already increased and even the international supply also seems a bit disturbing. The biggest challenge is in India where the energy demand is double. But how do we really combat the issue of petrol shortage? Well, where on the one hand the world is trying to find possible ways to replace the use of petrol, this mechanical engineer by profession is turning all the tables upside down. Professor Satish Kumar aims to solve the environment’s biggest problems by turning plastic into petrol! A much like two birds shot with one arrow! This is his story.

Professor Satish Kumar journey!

This 45 years old Hyderabad professor has impressed everyone by making petrol from plastic. Professor Satish Kumar has converted 50 tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic into petrol which can power planes and cars and is supplying this petrol to small and medium enterprises at a low cost for Rs. 40 per liter which is almost half the price of the actual commercial petrol. He named this process as Plastic pyrolysis. In this method, the plastic is heated, de-polymerized, gasified, and then condensed. He has started his own company named Hydroxy Private Limited which is registered under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises! Though the products Professor Satish Kumar makes have not been tested for vehicles, for now, it is being used for machinery purposes but that is too a major hit! According to the Professor, except polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene terephthalate, the remaining kinds of plastic can be used to make petrol with zero segregation.

Professor Satish Kumar

In a report by News18 Professor Satish Kumar, “The process helps recycle plastic into diesel, aviation fuel, and petrol. About 500-kg of non-recyclable plastic can produce 400 liters of fuel, It is a simple process which requires no water and doesn’t release wastewater. Neither does it pollute the air as the process happens in a vacuum.”

Making petrol from plastic by the process of Plastic pyrolysis sounds quite interesting and promising. As of now, it seems like a good way to combat the issue of plastic shortage, it only needs a reach, that is missing somewhere. Though on an individual level, Professor Satish Kumar has done an incredible job at both manufacturing and also supply, but its only when larger enterprises or the government make his product reachable to the market and expand the process of demand and supply, this all can be sorted properly. But one thing to keep in mind is that expert’s opinions on plastic pyrolysis vary.

According to many experts, recycling plastic into fuel is actually not much sustainable. They also say that plastic recycling actually takes more energy than the outcome thus it’s not good sustainable form of recycling. They explain that even if plastic pyrolysis becomes more common practice and improves this plastic recycling process, it will not give an output that is needed. It will only make people feel that its completely fine to use plastic which will result in further increased plastic usage when in actuality, for humans using less plastic is more essential, and not rely on recycling plastic. But Professor Satish Kumar believes that his innovation is eco- friendly and does not really harm the environment.    

Meanwhile, all of us need to take plastic pollution as well as energy crises seriously. We all know that plastic is not recyclable and once manufactured it takes years to degrade and that there are actually 8 plastic gyre in 5 major oceans in the world- an ultimatum on marine life! Have you ever wondered about the amount of plastic we find once we enter any supermarkets? It is this demand that actually increases the flow of plastic into the market. In the end, the call is ours, as long as we start improving from our own doorstep, a lot of improvement can happen. The team of The Indianness congratulates Professor Satish Kumar for his incredible contribution to fight energy crises and also wish him luck for the future!

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