Plastic waste has been turned into hydrogen in a ground-breaking process developed by scientists at Swansea University.
Dr. Moritz Kuehnel, of the university’s chemistry department, believes the method could be cheaper than recycling as any kind of plastic – not just polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – can be used without cleaning.
It is hoped the process of turning unwanted plastics into hydrogen could fuel cars in the future.
“There’s a lot of plastic used every year – billions of tonnes – and only a fraction of it is being recycled. We are trying to find a use for what is not being recycled,” Dr. Kuehnel told the BBC.
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