in technology •  5 months ago

Several years ago I learned of a group in the Japan region who have created a machine that converts plastic back into its constituent ingredients, including oil. I have never heard any more from them in the last 10 years or so, but now we have another inventor in Britain who claims to have done similar - Introducing Alan Darby...

Thanks to Miles @thebasesproject for interviewing Alan Darby, who shares with us photos and information regarding the Pyrolysis device he has constructed which he states heats up any object placed into it in such a way that the oil is cleanly removed and is available for re-use!

Alan describes the potential applications for this as being vast, with us being able to use it to clean up the planet and dramatically increase the efficiency of our industries too! If he is correct, then this is surely a win/win/win outcome for humanity - with perhaps the only detractors likely to be those who operate the oil industry and their cronies in government.

What is Pyrolysis?

Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of materials at elevated temperatures in an inert atmosphere.[1] It involves the change of chemical composition and is irreversible. The word is coined from the Greek-derived elements pyro "fire" and lysis "separating".

Pyrolysis is most commonly used to the treatment of organic materials. It is one of the processes involved in charring wood, starting at 200–300 °C (390–570 °F).[2] In general, pyrolysis of organic substances produces volatile products and leaves a solid residue enriched in carbon, char. Extreme pyrolysis, which leaves mostly carbon as the residue, is called carbonization.

The process is used heavily in the chemical industry, for example, to produce ethylene, many forms of carbon, and other chemicals from petroleum, coal, and even wood, to produce coke from coal. Aspirational applications of pyrolysis would convert biomass into syngas and biochar, waste plastics back into usable oil, or waste into safely disposable substances.

Source: Wikipedia

Alan's Project

Alan has worked on his project since 2003 and originally he intended to turn waste plastic and rubber into usable fuel oil for use in turbines to create electricity. He created a system for converting plastic into 'Carbon black' and oil. The carbon black can be used to make more plastic or for other purposes, while the oil can be used for a variety of purposes just like the oil that is removed from the Earth in vast quantities every day.

Alan states that he has attempted to inform universities and political parties of his work and has met almost nothing but a wall of denial - so far no-one has come to examine his work!

What do you think? Do you know more than me about the chemical process here? Does his work sound viable to you?

The Full Video Interview

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More on the Japanese project I mentioned is here:


Ooo that's the video I saw

This technology is a perfect one in a time like this. Water in most African countries have been polluted beyond imagination, especially with plastics. I am presently in Africa working on a project that has to do with renewable energy and the green effect. How can this be accessed for use? I would suggest the author and every other person with the knowledge in this innovation to relate further so this could be a joint effort in making the world a better place.


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Ok...That will be fantastic. I will do you a mail. Thanks

This is amazing! I hope to hear more about it and pray that it doesn’t get squashed by big oil companies... seems these innovations often go silent soon after their discoveries. :(

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I hope this is actually true and real. These kind of inventions always somehow disappear and get forgotten about. There's (was?) a guy in Nigeria who found an alternative to petrol using a local (and very common) plant back in the 60's-70's. He promptly vanished and his research vanquished.


There are numerous clean fuel solutions that have been bought out or their creators murdered.. Somehow these people seem to trust humanity more than is good for them!

ive vaguely heard of technologies that do this years ago, but i think they were shelved due to cost or perhaps the news was buried. if this is real, it needs to be assessed for practicality and how it could be applied.

Great if it get success, the two major problems i.e. pollution due to plastics and decrease in amount of oil will be solved.

Thanks for sharing such a great information.


I never knew it could be possible... This man is really going to go places if his invention works out perfectly

They can keep their plastic
and their oil!! YARRRrrrrr


I know ye'r jus' af'er the gold maytey!


It seems one of the sustainable solution that may be profitable in large scales & minimize environmental concerns in terms of Waste minimization Carbon sequestration Soil amendment Energy/heat supply Value added chemicals Development of rural areas. Carry on your research, best of luck.

Wow...I hope this develops and industrializes quickly...we can still save this planet yet

I really do wish it was the real thing but after Solar Roadways, I did become a big skeptic of does type innovations.

@ura soul I've seen a video of the machine turning plastic to oil about year or so ago. It was interesting. I can't believe forgot all about it though lol