On our beaches, in landfill facilities or buried underground, the amount of plastic waste is increasing all the time. Why? Because collecting, sorting and recycling it is not always possible. So how can this worldwide tide of waste be recovered for recycling?
The Earthwake team had the extraordinary idea of using it to make fuel. Their Chrysalis machine uses the pyrolysis process of flameless combustion at very high temperatures to melt and dissolve plastic molecules. After distillation, they are recovered as petrol, diesel or gas. Low-tech, mobile and self-sufficient, Chrysalis uses the gas it produces to power itself.
The Earthwake solution has strong social and societal values, which convinced a large audience during a month-long voting campaign. The project was thus awarded the Audience Award of the 2020 EDF Pulse start-up Awards.
Category: Sustainable Lifestyle