Polycrack, this new technology has the capability to convert all types of inorganic wastes, especially biomedical waste into oil and gas. This new technology would help the hospitals in the country to manage bio medical and other wastes effectively by themselves.
Hospitals have been complaining for long about the excessive charges imposed by municipal corporations of several regions in disposing and treatment of infectious or hazardous wastes.
T. Raghavendra Rao, director of Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Projects (STEPS), developed Polycrack Technology. Polycrack Technology would help the hospital authorities to dispose hazardous wastes at low cost and in an effective manner.
Polycrack – a new technology that would help the hospitals in the country to manage bio medical and other wastes effectively by themselves will be introduced in the market soon. Polycrack has the capability to convert all types of inorganic wastes.
Most of the waste generated in the hospitals consists of plastics (mostly PVC), body fluids, blood, organ parts etc. As per the procedures, the waste has to be segregated and packed in distinctly marked plastic bags for disposal. However, the new technology is expected to do away with this intricate process.
Referring to the modus operandi of Polycrack, Rao, said, "The mixed waste from hospitals can be fed into the system, which then converts plastics to liquid fuels and organic matter to gaseous fuels". The gaseous fuels thus produced can be utilized to generate electricity to run some of the hospital utilities as well as the plant itself. The liquid fuels can be used to run the stand-by generators, the hospitals normally have.
The technology can be used on a commercial scale now. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board would check out whether the new system works efficiently and would not produce any toxic or hazardous substances while converting waste materials into gas or fuels. And also find out whether the system is environment friendly or not. If it is found efficient only than necessary steps will be taken to implement the technology".