Rudra Environmental Solutions: From Plastic to Fuel

Last Modified: Sat Jul 02 2016 08:32:57 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 45-65 litres
    of fuel are generated from 100 kgs of plastic waste using a process that Pune based Rudra Environmental Solutions has perfected. The poly-fuel is a mixture of diesel, petrol and kerosene, with very high calorific value. It can be used in boilers, furnaces, stoves, in agricultural firms, etc. The fuel is sold to women in villages surrounding Pune city at reasonable prices.
  • 20%
    of the input is converted into gases such as methane and propane which used as a supplemental source for the heating cycle that converts the plastic to fuel.
  • 15-35%
    residual matter is water and sludge. The sludge is rich in polymer and can be reused with bitumen to make roads. It is given to local builders who use it for the construction of internal roads within housing societies.
  • 6 tonnes
    or so of plastic waste from 5,500 houses in Pune is collected and processed every month.
  • 5
    years (2009 - 2014) and 3 models (and missteps) later, that co-founders Medha Tadpatrikar and Shirish N. Phadtare, and their team needed to get to a workable solution.