Despite the fact that, by and large, glass is recycled, it is still true for large fragments and fragments, while small fragments are traditionally thrown away because of the technological difficulties associated with their processing. However, physicists from the University of Queensland in Australia presented their new way of converting glass into a material that has really attractive commercial value and relevance – it is about converting glass into liquid silicate, a derivative of silica, but which also was obtained from small glass , thanks to a new conversion process.
Thus, a team of specialists led by professors Rice Peary and Damien Batstoun managed to put into practice a new process that embodies the use of sufficiently standard room temperatures and a very small amount of energy needed for conversion, which makes the process truly effective and interesting. About all other aspects and features of the process, scientists still prefer to remain silent, partly because of the preservation and protection of intellectual property, and partly because the technical process is not yet fully completed in its verification.
Considering the fact that glass is approximately 70% silica, the process does not create additional waste and emissions, while, according to scientists, the creation of 1 kg of silicate gel takes about 1.3 kg of glass, which in parallel makes the process potentially successful in including on an industrial scale. In addition, at the cost of consumed materials of a third-party nature involved in the implementation of the technical process, it is characterized by a really attractive cost.
So far, scientists continue to experiment intensively with various transition states of one aspect of a silicate gel in another – thus, very soon they will present a ready version of the new conversion process, which will be not only more energy efficient, but also more attractive in its value. At least, experts from Queensland are trying to convince us of this.