From plastic waste to friendly fuel

Dangerous eyesore: Plastic waste, which contains contaminated food packaging, styrofoam and plastic bags, can be challenging to recycle. — The Straits Times/ANN

SCIENTISTS from Nanyang Technological University have found a way to convert plastic waste into low-carbon hydrogen, which is considered a cleaner fuel than natural gas.

The discovery, which could power vehicles and contribute to the power grid in as soon as three years, comes as the republic looks to adopt hydrogen as an alternative fuel, as it does not produce carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned.

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