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Making Hydrogen From Waste Plastic Could Pay for Itself

Researchers at Rice University have developed an innovative method to produce hydrogen from plastic waste in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. This breakthrough process can efficiently convert various types of waste plastics, including mixed and unwashed ones, into both high-yield hydrogen gas and valuable graphene.
The significance of this discovery lies in its potential economic benefits. If the produced graphene is sold at just 5% of its current market value, the revenue generated could essentially cover the cost of clean hydrogen production, making it an economically viable and sustainable option. This approach stands in stark contrast to 'green' hydrogen, which is produced through water electrolysis using renewable energy sources but can cost around $5 for a little over two pounds. Moreover, the majority of the hydrogen produced globally in 2022 came from fossil fuels, resulting in significant carbon emissions of approximately 12 tons of CO2 per ton of hydrogen.

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  • Tabitha Kimani

    37 w

    The rate at which researchers are coming up with solutions is really encouraging. What remains is the accelerated uptake of these solutions.

    • Jane Wangui

      32 w

      @tabitha_kimani This could be a way out. Some countries that have refused to let go of plastics could borrow this idea and implement it.We get to reduce the plastics laying around and also get clean energy.

    • We Don't Have Time

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      • Kevin

        37 w

        Very impressive news

        • Gorffly mokua

          37 w

          This is great news! It is about time that we support and embrace the already existing green techs and innovations for a better future.

          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

            37 w

            The Rice University's breakthrough in producing hydrogen from plastic waste is a win-win for the environment and the economy. Not only does it efficiently convert waste plastics into hydrogen and valuable graphene, but it also has the potential to be self-sustaining. By leveraging this innovative approach, we can reduce plastic waste and transition towards a cleaner, cost-effective hydrogen production method. A promising solution in the fight against climate change. 🌱💡🌍 #CleanHydrogen #Sustainability

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              37 w

              An amazing innovation

              • Joseph Githinji

                37 w

                Great innovation, a great way to eradicate plastic pollution. The good thing is that its cost effective.

                • johnte ndeto

                  37 w

                  this is great news seeing plastics being of use in production of hydrogen

                  • Saustine Lusanzu

                    37 w

                    We all need innovation to sustain the world

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