Green Innovator from India turns plastics into biodiesel: Mission Green

Picture1Who doesn’t want to get rid of plastics—so much an integral part of our lives—in a way that it doesn’t clog drains and cause deep-seated pollution. Climate change and global warming are threatening the Earth.

Kolkata-based Neogi Technologies converts waste plastic into fuel oil! While the innovation removes harmful plastics from the environment, it also results in a pollution-free method of producing fuel oil—as non-renewable sources of energy are depleting fast and cleantech is the need of the hour.

The Idea

Convert waste plastics (polypropylene, polyethylene, etc.) into fuel oil without polluting the environment, apart from being an excellent method of waste disposal.

“We have realized that plastic bags are a necessity today. No amount of sanctions or restrictions can limit their use. We can however recycle them or use them in some way that does not harm our environment. We have succeeded in producing diesel from plastics that has 10,000 calorific value, very close to the diesel obtained from petroleum,” said Samir Kumar Neogi, Managing Director, Neogi Technologies.

The Innovation of Clean technology

Neogi Technologies’ waste plastic fuel oil technology is an integrated system of creating energy from waste which produces fuel oil at par with IS 1593 – 1982 specification (BIS) for fuel oil. The technology startup has been successful in demonstrating the process to extract 1 litre of plastic fuel oil from 1 kg of waste plastic at various exhibitions.

A commercial prototype for loading 5 kg of raw material is available. Further research and development has been planned to economize the input energy.

“Apart from introducing innovative technologies, we are also looking at other ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We are introducing mobile diesel dispensers which will bring down pollution by taking diesel to big units and doing away with all fuel loss during commutation to and from gas stations,” added Neogi.

The impact of green technology

  • The innovation rids the environment of plastic pollution
  • This is a new and viable addition to the alternative energy mix or renewable sources of energy
  • The innovation lowers air pollutants (sulphur dioxide) than conventional fuel and result in improved air quality or reduced air pollution

When asked how else he proposes to reduce carbon footprint, he replied: “We as an organization are concerned about the environment and we have adopted a number of measures to keep our environment clean. As much as 90% of our employees use the bicycles to come to work. By the end of this year we plan to be 100% solar operated. We also have a water harvesting mechanism for our daily needs.”

Neogi is among a growing number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are dedicatedly developing environmentally safe and clean technology that have been harnessing as alternative sources of energy as solar power, wind energy, sea waves, even human body energy and building a range of products such as efficient solar panels or creating clean biofuels. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) is working with such startups and SMEs through a program called Cleanovators.

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