Thermal Depolymerization Process

In an industrial park in Philadelphia sits a new machine that can change almost anything into oil.

Thermal Depolymerization Process supposedly can turn any carbon based material into oil. At a cost of $8-12/barrel for light crude (as opposed to $50+ we’re paying now). Sounds to good to be true but is reported all over the place (USA Today for example) and is getting serious funding by the government. Anyway – interesting.

Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end , he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water.