Flight Planned…Using Plastic as Fuel! by Rebecca Mayer

A history-in-the-making type of flight is about to occur.  According to the NYT, “Sometime in the next few months, a single-engine Cessna will fly from Sydney to London. Converted to be able to carry extra amounts of fuel, the small plane will take 10 days for its journey, making 10 or so stops along the way.”

Photo from bdtruth.com.au

“What will make this journey special is not the route or the identity of the pilot — a 41-year-old British insurance industry executive who lives in Australia — but the fuel that the aircraft will be using: diesel processed from discarded plastic trash.”

I’m doing this because I believe that unless we do something to give back to the planet, we’re stuffed.

Pilot Jeremy Rowsell

It’s not about me, he says — the story is the fuel.

Plastic can be recycled into fuel Photo: Dan LaMee/Flickr

The fuel is expensive, that is to say, getting the fuel to each of Rowsell’s stops will cost at least a million.  And the journey is not without its risks. Rowsell’s currently training to survive in case of a crash.  (And he’s tweeting about it – follow him here.)

The idea is to fly the whole route on plastic fuel alone and to prove that this technology works, Rowsell said. I’m a kind of carrier pigeon, carrying a message. We have a whole bunch of waste kicking about. So instead of sending it to the landfill, let’s use it.

Read more about a plastic-to-fuel conversion technology at Clean Oceans Project.





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