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Microwaving plastic waste can generate clean hydrogen

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  • New method, quicker and less energy-intensive compared to alternatives, can recover 97% of hydrogen from plastic within seconds.
  • Scientists cut up plastic into small pieces, mixed it with a catalyst of iron oxide and aluminium oxide, and blasted it with a 1000 watt microwave generator.
  • The leftover solid material was carbon nanotubes.
  • So far it was only tested in experiments with 300 grams of plastic, but larger experiments are being planned.

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