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Published on February 27th, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Airplane Powered Entirely By Plastic Waste Will Travel From Sydney To London

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February 27th, 2013 by  

An airplane powered only by waste plastic will be making the journey from Australia to Britain sometime within the next few months (TBD). The “Wings of Waste” Cessna will be piloted by Jeremy Roswell, an Australian pilot looking to raise the public’s awareness of our modern “consume and throw away” culture.

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The flight is expected to make the trip from Sydney to London, over Asia and the Middle East, before traveling over parts of Europe. The fuel will be refined entirely from waste plastics that would otherwise end up as litter somewhere, such as plastic bags and bottles. After refinement, you end up with something similar to typical aviation-grade diesel fuel.

“The fuel is created by carefully heating plastic waste in the absence of oxygen. This process, which is called pyrolysis, creates a fuel that is essentially the same as petroleum. Despite this fractional distillation the fuel still produces emissions when burned – although they are slightly cleaner than traditional transport fuels.”


 
Roswell is hoping to make an impact on the awareness that people have of their “wastefulness.” Much of what is thrown away is not only damaging to the environment but could also be quite easily used for other purposes.

“You look down at that garbage in the Pacific, and you see the result of what it’s doing,” said Rowsell, in reference to the damage that plastic garbage does to marine ecosystems, via ingestion, entanglement, and the release of toxic chemicals into the food chain. “I’m doing this because I believe that unless we do something to give back to the planet, we’re stuffed.”

Source: Inhabitat
Image Credits: AtAltitude

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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