Wastebot: Cleaning the Planet & Fueling the Future

New Technology Transforms Trash into Clean Energy Using Carbon & Sunlight


For Every Share We Will Destroy an Item of Waste Plastic


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Overview

Zap your trash! Wastebot is a new type of recycling technology that turns a wide range of common household waste into clean fuel at home.

How it Works

To achieve this Wastebot does something very simple and unique. It uses solar power and the carbon in yard waste to break the molecular bonds in plastic, styrofoam, paper and organics; reducing them back into their hydrogen and carbon building blocks. The end result is a clean burning hydrogen rich fuel (similar to natural gas) that can be used in electrical power generation and heating applications.

As different as all these types of waste appear to be, underneath the yuck they are made up of the same 3 molecules: Hydrogen, Carbon & Oxygen. Wastebot uses thermal chemistry to reduce them from a solid form of trash into a usable fuel called synthesis gas (H2 CO).

You can think of synthesis gas as the chemical equivalent of a stem cell. Synthesis gas is the fuel that can become virtually any other type of fuel; like gasoline or diesel for example.

It’s clean burning and when made with carbonized yard waste it’s carbon neutral.  Synthesis gas is made in labs, universities and petroleum refineries every day. If you haven’t heard of synthesis gas, it’s no surprise, because it’s usually turned into higher grade finished products like motor fuels and polymers.


Wastebot Applications

1) Watermelons in Winter: Greenhouse Heating in Cold Climates

Harness heat to extend growing seasons and produce more local food while reducing long haul trucking.


2) Putting an End to Landfills

Process waste into energy onsite to reduce or eliminate garbage dumps and trucking expenses.


3) Decentralized Power Grids

Transform waste into fuel for electrical power generation coupled with solar energy for a totally decentralized energy grid.


4) Disaster Preparedness: Lights & Communication During Catastrophe 

Aid in the clean up and continuity of service for first responders in disaster scenarios like post hurricane Puerto Rico.


5) Next Generation Sanitation: Turning Feces into Fuel

Wastebot can transform manure and “porta potty” waste into biogas, preventing water contamination.


6) Plastic to Oil Research: Returning Plastic to Petroleum Products

Revert plastic back into it’s primary petroleum components for fuel and oil.

Project Goal

Now that the 3rd generation prototype is complete, my mission is to break ground on a fully decentralized micro power grid during the summer of 2018. This will combine Wastebot’s waste-to-fuel technology with electric power generators, solar panels, batteries and advanced heat recovery systems in a greenhouse setting. The site is ready and prepared to begin construction.

Calling all engineers, inventors, makers, misfits and visionaries

To help fund the next phase of development I have created an online training workshop detailing the construction of Wastebot. See rewards.

Creating renewable energy technologies for over a decade now, I have seen the same pattern play out over and over. A company will develop proprietary technology and either get big multi-million dollar investments only to go bust in 18 months or become so addicted to grant money that true innovation stops. The net effect is that the technology never makes a meaningful impact.

I want to break this cycle and do something different with Wastebot. I want to teach this technology to the next generation of global innovators because the problem of waste is too big for any one company to handle, but I need your help to do it!

Trash Facts

Trash, Carbon & Fossil Fuels

Despite rapid advancements in technology (and partly because of them) we are swimming in consumer waste. Billions of tons clogging our landfills and making it’s way into our oceans each year. Add to that rising carbon levels from burning fossil fuels and it’s easy to see how our effect on the environment will impact future generations. But there is a solution…

A Clever Use of Carbon

Within every problem exists it’s own solution. Carbon in the environment can be harnessed for its unique properties.  It’s a self heating catalyst and feedstock that requires no mining. In dead tree branches and yard waste it’s especially pure.

Wastebot uses a little known property of carbon called ‘catalytic reduction’ to break waste down at a molecular level, similar to the catalytic converter under your car that breaks smog down at a molecular level. The result is that trash is broken down and refined into simple hydrogen and carbon fuel gases.  Perfect for hot water, heat and electric power generation.

2 Types of Carbon

There is a lot of debate about carbon, but it’s important to differential between fossil fuel carbon mined from the lithosphere (earth’s crust) and biogenic carbon, the healthy carbon that has been apart of the carbon cycle as long as plant life has been prevalent on earth. Wastebot uses the carbon from dead tree branches and yard waste, a renewable resource. No mining, drilling or pumping required.

There are 1200 gigatons of dead plant waste (biogenic carbon) in the biosphere that can be used as a catalyst to recycle the 2.5 gigatons (5 trillion pounds) of trash produced on earth each year. To do anything different is insanity.

Wastebot can:

  • Prevent Plastic from Getting to Our Oceans
  • Reduce Trash Taken to Landfills
  • Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
  • Reduce Long Distance Food Transport
  • Save Water & Reduce Water Contamination

21st Century Power

An Aging Power Grid

Our aging centralized power grid is being taxed by our thirst for consumer electronics and the coming wave of electric cars will add even more stress. The threat of natural disasters is ever looming. Just look at what Hurricane Maria did to Puerto Rico. One long power outage could send us back to the Stone Age. To build a resilient power grid we need to decentralize. NOW!

The Missing Link

Solar panels in winter

Renewable energy technologies are the future, but it’s no secret that solar has an Achilles heel. It doesn’t make power at night and cloudy days are problematic. Wind is intermittent. Wastebot is the missing link needed to make clean energy on demand when solar and wind won’t; giving renewables an unstoppable 1-2 punch.

A Successful Case Study in Waste to Fuel

It was only a few years ago that deep fryer fat was a source of waste for restaurants and an expense to get rid of. Then a few adventurous types realized they could turn it into biodiesel and it quickly became a hot commodity. With Wastebot we can emulate this success by transforming plastic into a fuel source so valuable that it’s no longer treated like trash.

My goal with Wastebot is to make plastic so valuable that we stop throwing it away and instead harvest it’s fuel potential”

The Next Revolution

When computing went from centralized mainframes to personal computers it created a revolution that connected people around the planet. With Wastebot we are ushering in a new era of distributed refining and personal chemistry, giving individuals the power to clean and power their own community with waste.

Risks

While Wastebot can process many types of common waste, including #2, #4, #5, #6 plastics, cardboard, organic waste, yard waste and even manure; it cannot yet process #3 plastic known as Poly Vinyl Chloride PVC. #7 plastic is a catch all that tends to be associated with Polycarbonate and should be avoided as well.

It is important that only sorted waste is used in Wastebot to maintain clean emissions. Wastebot does not process chemicals or electronic e-waste like batteries. Thermal chemistry requires specific operating parameters. Operator must follow usage procedures to get proper results.

Future Research

We are continuously expanding our research. Areas of promising development are:

  • #1 plastic bottles
  • Used tires
  • Used motor oils
  • Glycerin byproduct from biodiesel production
  • Medical waste disposal

These waste streams are best suited for high temperature conversion into synthesis gas as opposed to oil because of their molecular structure. Filtration of contaminants is necessary for tires and possibly used oil and medical waste depending on it’s source/type.

Rewards

Download Reward

Wastebot Workshop $100

Reg. $200 (save 50%)

Build your own Wastebot!

Waste to fuel recycler

Follow Ben during the step-by-step construction of the Wastebot prototype. Recycle most plastics into oil and create your own clean fuel at home using household waste.
Heat your greenhouse, cut your garbage bill and experiment with off grid fuel.
Skill level: Intermediate
Includes:
  • 40 min. construction video download (900mb)
  • PDF Workbook, 92 pages, 200+ pics
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Physical Product Reward

Wastebot blower $149 + s/h

Reg. $175 (save 15%)

Get the Blower Kit

High suction blower motor

The #1 most critical part. Wastebot builders, this is the beating heart of your system. Not your typical blower motor, it’s flanged design and 12 volt high suction operation make it ideal for small scale systems like Wastebot.
Includes:
  • 12 volt high suction blower
  • Blower wiring pig tail
Delivery: Ships May 1, 2018


JUST ADDED!

Special pre-order price

Wastebot Recycler $9,500 + freight charges

Recycle Plastic into Oil or Turn Mixed Waste into Heating Gas & Hot Water

Wastebot recycler

Join the recycling revolution! Transform plastic into oil and turn waste into clean burning heating gas and hot water at home. Perfect for greenhouse heating, waste recycling and off grid fuel oil experiments.

$1000 refundable deposit taken today secures your place in line. 50% by July 1st, balance + shipping paid prior to delivery.

Specs/ FAQ

Includes:

  • Wastebot 2 stage carbon core reactor
  • Hot water heat exchanger
  • Flexible radiant heat exchanger (not pictured)
  • Blower motor (not pictured)

Delivery: Ships September 15, 2018


Also by Ben Peterson

Download Reward

Solar Station Plans $25

Build Your Own DIY Solar Power Shed with Batteries!

Solar + battery or grid tie

Reg. $50 (save 50%)

Follow Ben during the step-by-step construction of a Solar Station. A great way to start making solar power on your property, plus Solar Station moves with you.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Includes:
  • Ebook step-by-step DIY build plans
  • Streaming build video online
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Download Reward

Electronic Carburetor Workshop $75

Convert Engines to Run on Hydrogen Rich Fuel Gases

Bio-fuel engine conversion

Reg. $100 (save 25%)

Learn how to convert engines to run on Wastebot’s hydrogen rich biogas! Build an intelligent automation control system to manage an electric generator’s air-fuel ratio using an Arduino and an oxygen sensor with some off the shelf parts. For a gaseous fueled engine this “brain” is the equivalent to fuel injection.
Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
Includes:
  • Ebook step-by-step DIY build plans
  • 40 minute build video download
  • Software code
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Corporate sponsorships available upon request

About the Creator

Wastebot is the creation of renewable energy innovator and author Ben Peterson. He has spent the last decade developing waste to fuel technologies to clean the planet and make a truly decentralized renewable power grid possible.

Popular Mechanics magazine named him a “Backyard Genius’ in 2009. His work has been featured in notable publications like Mechanical Engineering magazine, Mother Earth News and on hit television shows for National Geographic. Ben was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Clean Tech Open.

Recognizing the incredible potential of biogenic carbon to act as a catalyst in waste to fuel production, Ben hosted a national policy summit in 2011 challenging the EPA to keep wood waste classified as carbon neutral.

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Now – April 23rd, 2018 

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Select a Reward

Download Reward

Wastebot Workshop $100

Reg. $200 (save 50%)

Build your own Wastebot!

Waste to fuel recycler

Follow Ben during the step-by-step construction of the Wastebot prototype. Recycle most plastics into oil and create your own clean fuel at home using household waste.
Heat your greenhouse, cut your garbage bill and experiment with off grid fuel.
Skill level: Intermediate
Includes:
  • 40 min. construction video download (900mb)
  • PDF Workbook, 92 pages, 200+ pics
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Physical Product Reward

Wastebot blower $149 + s/h

Reg. $175 (save 15%)

Get the Blower Kit

High suction blower motor

The #1 most critical part. Wastebot builders, this is the beating heart of your system. Not your typical blower motor, it’s flanged design and 12 volt high suction operation make it ideal for small scale systems like Wastebot.
Includes:
  • 12 volt high suction blower
  • Blower wiring pig tail
Delivery: Ships May 1, 2018


JUST ADDED!

Special pre-order price

Wastebot Recycler $9,500 + freight charges

Recycle Plastic into Oil or Turn Mixed Waste into Heating Gas & Hot Water

Wastebot recycler

Join the recycling revolution! Transform plastic into oil and turn waste into clean burning heating gas and hot water at home. Perfect for greenhouse heating, waste recycling and off grid fuel oil experiments.

$1000 refundable deposit taken today secures your place in line. 50% by July 1st, balance + shipping paid prior to delivery.

Specs/FAQ

Includes:

  • Wastebot 2 stage carbon core reactor
  • Hot water heat exchanger
  • Flexible radiant heat exchanger (not pictured)
  • Blower motor (not pictured)

Delivery: Ships September 15, 2018


Also by Ben Peterson

Download Reward

Solar Station Plans $25

Build Your Own DIY Solar Power Shed with Batteries!

Solar + battery or grid tie

Reg. $50 (save 50%)

Follow Ben during the step-by-step construction of a Solar Station. A great way to start making solar power on your property, plus Solar Station moves with you.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Includes:
  • Ebook step-by-step DIY build plans
  • Streaming build video online
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Download Reward

Electronic Carburetor Workshop $75

Convert Engines to Run on Hydrogen Rich Fuel Gases

Bio-fuel engine conversion

Reg. $100 (save 25%)

Learn how to convert engines to run on Wastebot’s hydrogen rich biogas! Build an intelligent automation control system to manage an electric generator’s air-fuel ratio using an Arduino and an oxygen sensor with some off the shelf parts. For a gaseous fueled engine this “brain” is the equivalent to fuel injection.
Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
Includes:
  • Ebook step-by-step DIY build plans
  • 40 minute build video download
  • Software code
  • Personal use build license
Delivery: Instant Download


Corporate sponsorships available upon request

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