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May 23, 2019   |   Indianapolis Star


New Indiana plant could have your trucks and tractors running on plastic bottles, bags and toys

Brightmark Energy broke ground Wednesday on its new facility that will turn plastics into fuel — a facility that will be the first-of-its-kind in the U.S.

That solution comes through a process called pyrolysis. Despite the name, however, it does not involve burning of the plastics. And because of that, the plant will release very low emissions, Powell said.

Instead, the process uses heat with very low oxygen to turn the plastic into a vapor before converting it back to plastic. From there, it will be made into ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, and industrial wax to coat lumber, among some other uses. The facility will initially convert approximately 100,000 tons of plastic into over 18 million gallons a year of the diesel and naphtha, a blend stock that has many uses. It also will produce nearly six million gallons of the wax.

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