Plastics Create Oil With Energy to Spare

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – America’s quest to reduce its fuel consumption and dependence on foreign oil may lead it to look for energy sources in new places — like the bottom of a trash barrel.
JBI, Inc. (OTCBB:JBII), a global technology company, has developed a process, called Plastic2Oil (P2O), that converts raw, unwashed, unsorted plastic waste into a fuel similar to biofuel. In April 2010, an independent laboratory, Islechem, validated the P2O process through extensive chemical, analytical and process engineering testing.
Islechem tested the process over 40 times using multicolored, mixed plastics. The laboratory determined that the P20 process is repeatable and can be done on a large scale. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of the hydrocarbon composition in the feedstock is converted into a “near diesel” fuel, while about 8 percent is converted to a usable off gas much like natural gas. In addition, only 1 percent of the plastic becomes residue, and that residue does not contain any highly toxic elements and is safe for landfill disposal. Even better, more energy is produced than consumed by the process. Early data suggest that the process creates twice as much energy as it uses.
“It takes energy to produce energy. The key is to get more energy from the final product than it takes to make it,” said JBI, Inc. CEO John Bordynuik. “Our process has a high positive energy balance of 2.0, while gasoline from crude has a negative energy balance of 0.81.”
The fuel produced by the P20 process has another major advantage over gasoline from crude oil — its production, including labor, costs only about $10 a barrel.
Gasoline from crude oil uses more energy than it produces and currently costs between $75 and $85 a barrel — and yet gasoline companies yield high profits. A process like P20 could revolutionize the market by creating high-quality fuel at much lower costs, while also helping to reduce the amount of plastic that becomes pollution or ends up in landfills.
JBI, Inc. is currently in talks to create P20 processing facilities in Europe, Florida, New York, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio. The company is also looking for waste disposal or recycling companies, and people with under-utilized facilities to convert into P2O factories. For more information, visit www.plastic2oil.com or www.jbiglobal.com.

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – New Year’s resolutions can be about more than shedding a few pounds and exercising more.

Simply changing a few habits can help your vehicle last longer, command a higher resale price, pollute less and burn less gasoline. Here’s helpful advice from the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) -; the group that tests and certifies automotive technicians:

– Clean out your vehicle. Remove unnecessary items from the passenger cabin and the trunk; less weight means you’ll use less gasoline. Remove that rooftop cargo carrier when you’re finished hauling -; you’ll cut down on gas-hogging wind resistance.

– Check your tires’ pressure once a month. Tires with low pressure cause the engine to work harder -; and to burn more gasoline -; to move the vehicle. Poorly aligned wheels and improperly inflated tires also wear out faster, costing you money in replacements.

– Follow your carmaker’s recommended service intervals. A neglected vehicle burns more gas and will break down more often than well-maintained machines. The owner’s manual spells out which systems need servicing and when.

Fouled spark plugs and clogged filters waste gasoline. Routine oil changes will keep your vehicle from aging before its time. If you notice changes in engine performance, like rough idling or poor accelerations, you are due for a visit to the shop. Also, never ignore a “service engine” light.

– Resolve to become a better driver. Avoid jack-rabbit starts -; sudden accelerations waste fuel and strain the engine. Speeding greatly decreases miles per gallon, so drive the speed limit. When possible, use cruise control to maintain a steady pace. Aggressive hard starts and stops wear your brakes out faster. Finally, consolidate your errands to minimize short trips.

– Look for high-quality repair shops. ASE was founded as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE-certified professionals wear blue and white shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their areas of expertise. Their employers often display the blue and white ASE sign.

Visit www.ase.com for seasonal car-care tips and more information.