zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Port of Amsterdam will soon get a new factory that will be able to convert unrecyclable plastic into fuel for ships.The processing of plastic waste is expected to cut CO₂ emissions by 57,000 tons per year, compared to today’s manner of waste management.Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company focusing on the development of plastic to projects, and the Port of Amsterdam expect the plant to be operational by the end of this year.The construction of the new IGES Amsterdam factory began on June 15, 2018. The project is supported by the Dutch government, which recently added chemical recycling to its national waste management plan.As explained, the idea is that synthetic materials that could not be reused otherwise will now become reusable in a useful application, while at the same time offering a more sustainable alternative for traditional transport fuels. The ultimate goal is the application of the produced substances in the production of new synthetic materials, in other words, chemical recycling.The first plant of Bin2Barrel, accomplished with an investment of approx. EUR 28m, will produce more than 30m liters of fuel per year out of 35,000 tons of non-recyclable plastic. In combustion of the produced fuel, the return on energy is nearly three times higher (80%) than in direct burning of plastic in waste incinerators (33%).Despite the fact that the fuel could also be suitable for other sectors, Bin2Barrel focuses first on selling it to the marine industry.“The use of plastic and the lack of a proper processing of plastic cause massive pollution worldwide. Bin2Barrel introduces innovative and badly needed technology that will enable us to make use of a currently non-recyclable flow of waste in a manner that makes perfect sense,” Roon van Maanen, Head of Circular & Renewable Industry at Port of Amsterdam, said.“By creating a new product from an otherwise problematic waste product, Bin2Barrel fits perfectly within the mission of Port of Amsterdam to facilitate energy transition as well as transition to a circular economy,” van Maanen added.
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More information: Berkeley Bionics (PhysOrg.com) — Berkeley Bionics unveiled eLEGS exoskeleton at a press conference on October 7 in San Francisco. Berkeley Bionics’ CEO, Eythor Bender stated that their mission is to provide people with unprecedented mobility options. © 2010 PhysOrg.com eLEGS exoskeleton is a bionic device engineered to help paraplegics stand up and walk on their own. Citation: Paraplegics have been given new hope for walking (w/ Video) (2010, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-paraplegics-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The eLEGS exoskeleton is a bionic device engineered to help paraplegics stand up and walk on their own. At first the device will be offered to rehabilitation centers for use under medical supervision, and can be adjusted to fit most people between 5’2″ and 6’4″ and weighing 220 pounds or less.eLEGS is battery-powered and employs a gesture-based human-machine interface that incorporates sensors and monitors the gestures the user makes to determine their intentions and then acts accordingly. A real-time computer collects data from sensors and input devices to coordinate every aspect of a single step.The technology may prove to be extremely helpful to those who are newly injured and may still have retained muscle memory without their muscles significantly weakened. This early assistance can help patients get back on their feet and help prevent a host of minor health concerns associated with being in a wheelchair. This can range from digestive issues to poor circulation.According to Berkeley Bionics, there are approximately 6 million people with some form of paralysis in the U.S. who are bound to wheelchairs; many of whom may have been active and athletic before an injury damaged their spinal cord. This new technology will give some of them the mobility to move their bodies and free them from their wheelchair. In the above video Amanda Boxtel was injured in a skiing accident in 1993 and left paralyzed from the waist down. eLEGS has given Amanda her mobility back and now works as a motivational speaker.In an Engadget interview with Berkeley Bionics CEO Eythor Bender, the system is presently made of steel and carbon fiber with lithium-ion battery packs, weighs 45 pounds, and has enough power to run for six hours of continuous walking. While an exact price was not given, Bender said that they were shooting for $100,000 and that it would be very competitive.Clinical trials are about to begin shortly; thereafter the exoskeleton will be available to selected medical centers in July or August of 2011. Bender commented that the company is also working on a streamlined commercial version for all-day use, tentatively slated for 2013. N.Zealand inventors unveil bionic legs for paraplegics (w/ Video)