FROM BIN TO BULB: TURNING WASTE PLASTIC INTO ELECTRICITY CONDUCTORS

Sat 12th Oct - Mon 30th Mar, 2020

Plastic waste is a big problem worldwide so how about using it to conduct electricity.

This project started at Swansea University looks at how to turn waste plastic into other usable materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and carbon fibre.

We are all trying to find more efficient ways in which to light and heat our homes. We may be able to reduce the amount of energy being lost during transmission by using special carbon wires made out of carbon nanotubes. These nanotubes are made from things like thin plastic film, black plastic food packaging and liquid solvents. All of which cannot be recycled in our household rubbish.

Using these nanotubes could save the UK eight percent of the total energy production, not to mention get rid of some of the plastic currently littering the land and oceans.

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