New energy project in Kraaifontein

2014-03-17 10:50

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Cape Town - A new way to turn plastic into oil will be tested in Cape Town, the project is seen as a new energy option.

According to IOL, proponents of the new method believe that this could be an answer to creating new clean energy and reducing South Africa’s energy issues.

Environmentalists argue that supporters of the method are trying to create an idyllic picture but in fact this new form of creating energy is just a dirty product.

The City of the Cape Town is working with Japanese firms that will develop and test the feasibility of changing plastic into oil.

Japan’s government provided a R10m fund that will allow Cape Town to work with experts and use technologies from the Asian state.

The pilot programme involves experts from the city of Cape Town, Japanese firms CFP, Kanemiay and officials from the Japan international co-operation agency.

The city believes that this initiative will contribute to creating a sustainable society, stimulate the economy and reduce pollution in the Western Cape.

The recycle plant will be found at the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility.

The plant hopes to turn 500kg of plastic into 500 litres of heating oil daily.

This oil will then be used to power generators and sold to industrial companies that use oil as a heating agent.

The project will run for six months and utilises pyrolysis technology. After the initial trial period a decision will be made on whether the project is sustainable and whether Cape Town can afford to continue the project.

Cape Town city major Patricia de Lille welcomed the project but also advised that the City was giving the project the time and space to see if it will fail or succeed.

Environmentalist Muna Lakhani a founder of the Institute for Zero Waste in Africasaid that new project will increase the demand for waste and fossil fuels.

Lakhani argued that the emissions could be toxic and create dangerous waste.
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