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Dow Completes Pilot Project for Turning Recycled Plastic into Energy

8:53 AM MDT | May 23, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

Dow Chemical says it has completed a pilot test for turning recycled plastic into energy. The pilot test found that 96% of available energy was recovered after incinerating 578 lbs of used linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) in a kiln at one of Dow’s waste treatment facilities. The energy recovered was equivalent to 11.1 million Btu’s of natural gas and was used as fuel for Dow’s incinerator during the test.   “The purpose of the test was to collect data showing that used plastic can provide a valuable source of energy and...

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