M.S. Thesis: Transforming the Non-Recycled Plastics of New York City to Synthetic Oil

By Demetra Tsiamis

Advisor: Professor Nickolas J. Themelis, Columbia University

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
Columbia University

March 2013

In this study, pyrolysis of MPW to synthetic oil was considered as an alternative to landfill disposal. Three types of pyrolysis technologies were examined and their potential application in processing NYC’s NRP was evaluated. The technologies discussed were developed by JBI Inc, Agilyx, and Climax Global Energy Inc. All three technologies process NRP to yield synthetic fuels and other petrochemical products of market value.

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