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Paterson Energy in Chennai helps convert plastics to oil


Paterson Energy produces oil using plastic waste.


Product or concept

Waste to energy solution based on pyrolysis that converts plastic waste to fuel oil.

Problem being solved

  • Sustainable plastic waste management
  • Reducing our crude oil need

Process or technology involved

  • Plastic pyrolysis is done using continuous "Thermochemical Depolymerisation Technology".
  • The process, which requires heat, produces a mixture of combustible gases (hydrocarbons), liquid fuel and solid residues. 


Sustainability benefits

  • Less plastic waste in landfills
  • Oil with an overall net lower carbon footprint compared to crude oil

User segments that will benefit

  • Plastic Waste Generating Industries
  • Waste Management Companies & Organizations
  • Municipal Corporations

People or organizations involved

  • Co: Paterson Energy
  • People: Vidya Amarnath, Director

Innovations or USPs

  • Paterson’s technology process is specifically designed to manage most of the plastic waste feedstock in a single process.
  • High yield of oil from waste plastic.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Plastic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Sciences

Other interesting highlights

Currently has an association with TU Berlin and Blackforest Solution, Germany to explore business development opportunities.

Their office is located at:

Nungambakkam, Chennai


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Know more about the people behind this

Squeezing fuel out of plastic waste : The article talks about Vidya Amarnath, the co-founder of Paterson Energy.

Startup Paterson Energy is Manufacturing Fuel From Waste Plastic : The article lists the journey of Paterson Energy over the years.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

Paterson Energy Corporate Office : You can contact them through the details given on their website.

Involve yourself/participate in activities

Purchase the product/solution

Paterson Energy : For more information regarding their pyrolysis plants, you can contact them through the website.

Connect with experts

Dr. Indumathi M Nambi : She is a professor at the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division in IIT-Madras. She recently helped a student team develop a mobile solar-powered pyrolysis unit for converting plastic waste into oil.

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

How to get diesel from waste plastic - Bang Goes the Theory - Series 7 - BBC : The BBC Series explores how one can build a plastic pyrolysis plant at their home.

Building the Wastebot: Recycle Plastic Into Clean Hydrogen Rich Fuel Gas : The video lists the step by step procedure to build plastic waste to fuel plant at your home.

Learn more

Is burning plastic waste a good idea? : The articles lists the challenges and solutions in plastic waste to energy processes.

Plastic to Fuel - Plastic Recycling Pyrolysis Plant by APChemi, Suhas Dixit : The video describes how recycling facilities/waste management contractors can make use of plastic pyrolysis plants.

A Plastic Wave - A documentary film on plastic pollution : The documentary provides a glimpse into why plastic pollution is an immediate danger, especially in a coastal region.

Turning Plastic Waste into Jet Fuel! : The video describes the process and feasibility of the pyrolysis process.