Turning waste plastics into biogas

The Lead South Australia reports that scientist David Thompson is soon to file an application for patent protection for his polymer-organic energy treatment (POET) system, which uses anaerobic digestion technology to turn a range of plastics, including polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, into methane. The process also produces inert, organic by-products which can be used as garden fertiliser and mulch. Thompson is looking for an investor to help his start-up  build a demonstration plant capable of processing, initially, 5000 t of plastic a year. He says there has been significant global interest in his invention but potential buyers generally want to see a working demonstration plant rather than just certified test results before committing. The startup company, which is based in Adelaide, South Australia, is looking for an investment of about AU$2,5-million to help it build the 100 t a week plant.

Contact David Thompson, Balti Virtual, hello@baltivirtual.com


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