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Desc:Self explanatory.
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:Machine, oil, invention
Submitted:flotsam
Date:10/04/10
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Comeuppance
There must be some kind of drastic limitation to its practicality, or this guy would be world famous.

baleen

It's probably the same drastic limitation that keeps us from building plasma separators all over the place, and that that the cost of construction and operation far outweigh the final product in the short term...

Still, there's hope.

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/may/the-ultimate-garbage-disp osal

1394
FAKE!
kennydra
so...what happens to the rest? the parts of the plastic that are made of not oil?
Smellvin
Those go in the ocean, silly.

fluffy
My guess is that a lot of it would get burned off.

HarrietTubmanPI
I would have thought Japanese garbage would have been folded neatly into animals or have giant cartoonish faces on the bags.
fluffy
I'm pretty sure I submitted this video a month ago and it didn't make it through the hopper for some reason. Weird. Oh well. It's still pretty neat.

Of course it's not a panacea but apparently it does get more energy out than what is needed for the conversion process, and it helps to take care of a huge source of solid waste. I wonder if it can scale up to the sizes necessary to support any modern city's waste processing infrastructure, though.
Lauritz Melchior
Hope...
Aoi
I WANT TO BELIEVE

Frank Rizzo
THESE ARENT MY GLASSES

wtf japan
Yes, but can it generate 1.21 Gigawatts?
takewithfood
You beat me to it, you bastard.

ItsAboutTime
If it looks too good to be true...
How much energy does it cost to cook that crap?
What do you do with the toxic slurry that's left?
Burning the plastic in well designed incinerators for electricity is probably a better idea.
Valkor
You all do know that plastics still come from the same source as oil, right? Breaking apart long hydrocarbon chains into shorter ones isn't new.

Now, if you are thinking of it as a method to dispose of plastics, that's a bit different.
memedumpster
I have become so cynical that the slow, emotionally image laden introduction already has me believing this whole thing is lies. Of course, I also think Nanosolar is an Enron style scam, so I'm pretty energy stupid. After watching it, I have to say, this looks like a great way to condense plastic garbage, and if a percentage is usable again that's bonus.
oddeye
Just shoot it into space ffs.
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