While the idea of converting organic material into oil products isn’t anything new — fossil fuels have been around for a while now — a process called thermal depolymerization developed by Changing World Technologies promises to give results in a slightly shorter time frame.
The versatile turkey has been chopped, pressed, and processed into foods as diverse as burgers and bacon. Now a Long Island entrepreneur wants to put a turkey in your tank.
Lots of federal & corporate money is driving research to quickly & economically convert stuff that would otherwise end up in landfills — turkey offal, tires, plastics, sludge, municipal waste, paper, and livestock remains — into usable products — “absorbent carbon (like that used in water filters), minerals for fertilizer, and a crude oil that is chemically similar to a mixture of diesel fuel and gasoline.”
Just think; that stuff you’d ordinarily send down the disposal could end up powering your fuel cell laptop! Wouldn’t that be cool?
Another good article on the subject here.