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Make fuel from plastic

Quick, safe experiments. No toxic emissions

20 billion gallons of cheap diesel are sitting in recycling bins around the world. We are pioneering the technology to go unlock it. This is our testing platform. 

Meet Brayden, 9 year old plastic fuel researcher

Brayden is a local STEM student. He was our first Wastebot user case study.

A growing archive of plastic to fuel experiments

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    • 3/31- We Are Going For It! Wastebot Now Available for Sale

    • Fun Bonus- Solar Station Shed Plans from 2015

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    Introduction & Test Experiments

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Tour Ben's Lab & Talk Trash

    • Test 1- Wastebot Demonstration: Fast Food, Single Use Plastic Test -- Timelapse

    • Test 2- Mixed Plastic #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, ABS, Mylar. Will This Fuel?

    • Bonus: World's Youngest Plastic-to-Fuel Researcher. Meet 9 Year Old Brayden

    • Test 2 Follow Up & Repair: Testing The New Visual Bubbler's Performance

    • Test 3- 3D Unprinting Plastic - ABS Printer Filament to Fuel

    • Test 4- Diesel Blend - Diesel Generator Test Run

    • Test 5- Testing .999 fine Silver as a Catalyst to Dewax Milk Jugs & #2 Bags

    • Test 6- Hydrogen Generator Set-up. Introducing Pure H2 to #2 Plastic to Test Its Effects

    • Bonus- Double Distill Wax - Will This Fuel Or Stay Wax?

    • Test 7- Retest #2 Polyethylene with Professional ZSM-5 Catalyst

    • #2 Plastic Retest: High Temperature, No Catalyst, Mixed Wax & Plastic???

    • Test 8- Breaking Down #1 PET Water Bottles

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    PDF Downloads

    • Lesson 1 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 2 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 3 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 4 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 5 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 6 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 7 Notes: Download

    • Lesson 8 Notes: Download

    • Phys.org Article- Zeolite Catalysts Pave the Road to Decentral Chemical Processes

    • Creating a Project Team- The 5 People/Skills You Need to Succeed

    • Paper: Chemical Recycling of PET Plastic Wastes with Different Catalysts

    • Paper: Pyrolysis of Polyethylene Terephthalate Containing Real Waste Plastics Using Ni Loaded Zeolite Catalysts

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    Field Testing

    • Scottsdale Community College Demo- Medical Waste to Fuel

    • ROADTRIP! Testing Plastic Diesel on the Open Highways of Arizona and Picking Up Trash Along the Way

    • Gas Bag - Quick Flammability Test

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    Fabrication & Development

    • Wastebot V1 Workshop

    • Wastebot V1 Video Build

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    Technical Topics

    • Technical Topic: The Science Behind Wastebot, Disassemble & Overview

    • Temperature Chart & Design Theory: Small vs. Big, Which is Better? Why?

    • Technical Topic: Plastic Types & Uses

    • Technical Topic: Hydrocarbons & Catalysts

    • CNET- Evolution of the Diesel (3 min)

    • Technical Topic: Diesel Fuel Specs & Testing Metrics. Our Early Results

    • Technical Topic: Outlining an Encyclopedia of Desktop Chemistry

    • Technical Topic: BTU Testing Water to Measure Heat Input & Calculate Net Reaction Efficiency

    • How/Where to Buy Catalysts and Reaction Chamber Design

    • Technical Topic: Wastebot Breakdown & Maintenance. Troubleshooting Tips

    • What Recycles? The Dangers of Mixed Plastics Found in Landfills & Oceans

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    Big Ideas

    • $100 Billion Emerging Distributed Chemistry Sector

    • 4 Major Industries Collide. What Do They Have in Common?

    • Industry Perspectives - 4-Part Video Series (34 minutes)

    • 3rd Industrial Revolution - The Role of Chemistry in Redesigning the Supply Chain. MPG 2.0

    • Drive Away Pollution With Clean Diesel Technology

    • The Tipping Point - Plastic Valued as Fuel, Following in the Footsteps of Waste Grease to Biodiesel

    • A Changing Marketplace - Who Wins & Who Loses to Distributed Refining?

    • Zero Your Plastic Impact - Voluntary Destruction Offset Credits

    • Small Farms & Zero Emissions

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    Bonus Material

    • Electronic Carburetor Workshop

    • Electronic Carburetor Video Build- Part 1

    • Electronic Carburetor Video Build- Part 2

    • Resource Links

    • Off Topic- Post interesting ideas that don't fall under individual lesson discussions.

Desktop Diesel includes:

New experiments each month. Download reports. Access archived material. Watch as we test our diesel fuel in cars, tractors & more. Honest, real world results. The good, bad & ugly.

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  • New content monthly. Archives. 1 year access.Learn at your own pace. Download videos & pdf files.

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Make your first liter of plastic diesel

Wastebot Plastic Recycling Labs go on sale soon. $3995, specs and purchasing details available for members. Limited quantities.

Be at the forefront of a new distributed fuels industry

Desktop Diesel gives you access to 12 months of real world research you won't find anywhere else. Soon, you could be making your own diesel too!


  • When do Wastebots go on sale?

    March 21st, 2020. Members only at this time. Quantities will be limited at first. Deliveries start in June

  • How much fuel can I make?

    12 pounds of plastic per gallon on avg. A typical household of 3-4 people with pets makes about 4.5 gallons per month in waste plastic.

  • How do I contact you?


  • What are the emissions?

    Wastebot is a closed loop system. The emissions are diesel. Propane range gases are captured in a gas bag for re-use. There is light char from labels.

  • How long will it last? Payback time?

    The stainless steel will last generations. Seals will need to be replaced from time to time. This early research phase design isn't geared toward payback as much as it is for good data. But if used semi-regularly the payback would be about 8 years from reduced fuel and waste bills.

  • What plastic types can you recycle?

    Soft plastics: #2, #4, #5, #6, ABS make fuel oil. These are the plastics you use in your daily life most. #1 PET plastic recycles with some char byproduct. This is the plastic used for soda and drink containers. Toxic plastics include: #3 PVC, #7 group (except ABS), Nylon & Silicone.