The plastic waste could, in the not too distant future, fill the tanks of vehicles powered by hydrogen. The technology to make this possible already exists and has been developed by chemists at the University of Swansea in the United Kingdom. Scientists have developed a simple and efficient process to convert three common polymers into pure hydrogen.
The importance of this research -published in August in the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – was explained by Dr. Moritz Kuehnel in an interview with the BBC: the team managed to improve the photo-transformation technique of waste plastics It involves adding a solar absorbing material to the polymers, putting it in a solution and exposing it to sunlight to transform those molecules into other molecules. “The process – explains Kuehnel – produces hydrogen gas: it is possible to see the bubbles coming directly from the surface”.