Definition of thermal depolymerization in US English:

thermal depolymerization

(British thermal depolymerisation)


  • A process of breaking down complex hydrocarbons in an oxygen-deprived, heated and pressurized environment to yield simpler compounds that can be used to produce fuels.

    • ‘The process, called thermal depolymerization, speeds up Mother Nature's recipe for black gold by combining heat and pressure to convert the feedstock into an oil fuel.’
    • ‘Eric Berlin tells us why ethanol is more wasteful than thermal depolymerization.’
    • ‘They are also delving into production and use of other renewable fuels and energy sources, such as methane recovery, thermal depolymerization, wind and solar power and other technologies.’
    • ‘Essentially, thermal depolymerization mimics a process the earth itself uses to ‘process’ what gets buried and break it down.’
    • ‘Robert Brown, an engineering professor at the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies at Iowa State University, said scientists have known for years how to use thermal depolymerization to convert waste into energy.’