Can we remake plastic waste into a rocket fuel??

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  1. bearnard bale

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    Have you ever heard about green rocket fuel that is made from plastic waste? Scientists from one space company figured out how to remake plastic waste into rocket fuel that has already been successfully tested
     
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    Yeah, they've been doing this for planes for the longest time.
     
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    I don`t know about planes, but recently I`ve read an article about one space company that created a special technology that allows them to remake particular kinds of plastic into rocket fuel. As for me this invention is a good way how to recycle needles plastic waste all around the globe
     
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    What is more, the new green rocket fuel is better than kerosene. This new kind of rocket fuel has already been tested and the result of the test has shown that it`s 1% - 3% better than kerosene by its energy characteristics. But I am not sure if it`s possible to use the new rocket fuel in long space journeys.
     
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    this was demonstrated as being possible a decade or more ago.

    The problem is that type of plastics involved and wastes, and the energy required to break down the resulting materials.

    It's got very little practical application, scaling it up requires more than linear energy. It would be better suited to simply repurpose plastics than to try and reduce into a fuel that hopefully will be obsolete in some fashion relatively soon.
     
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    Where there is money to be made, people will do stuff.
     
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    that's the problem.. there isn't any money to be made because it isn't cost effective.
     
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    Yeah, this is an issue. Moreover, this new type of green rocket fuel can be remade only from particular types of plastic.The following types of plastic can be converted into ecosene fuel: Polypropylene (PP). Polyester (PE). Polystyrene (PS) and their mixtures and analogs
     
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    But you see, the problem is also the fact that not a lot of money will go into researching something just for the benefit of the planet if there has to be a large amount of money spent before it is viable. It is a catch 22.
     
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    Yeah, unfortunately, you are right( But still, if this type of rocket petrol be improved with the chance of the usage for long space journeys or in common usage of launches by some companies, it would be a huge step forward to less harmful space exploration campaign, I guess
     
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    Does it still release CFC gas?
     
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    I don`t know exectly about that aspect but scientists who worken on this project of ecosence rocket fuel claim that this type of fuel is eco friendly. Personally I think that there is some procent of harmful gases that are released while this type of fuel is being used.
     
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    Eco friendly? That is quite an interesting one. We really need to save this planet from people's doing. So, great job to those scientists you say. :D
     
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    Very nice to hear, I wish it is real.
     
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    Lets hope for the best and expect the fact that scientists will improve this kind of space fuel and it will be used for long space journeys. Actually, we need to invent new propulsion system for long space journeys, like travelling to Mars and back.
     
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    Very interesting read above, I have read all responses.
    Unfortunately money is always a deciding factor in all cool ideas to implement.

    It is a bit like "free' energy sources, wind, water flowing or waves. It can be used but too costly investment versus profits in most cases.

    Let's hope for the best though! :)
     

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