The prospect of increasingly scarce oil supplies around the world has turned the attention of scientists and back-yard inventors to attempt the synthetic manufacture of 'black gold'.
LV ZOOM IN TO SV tyres and waste plastic near plant, TILT UP TO manufacturing plant
SV PAN pipes and equipment on manufacturing plant, ZOOM IN TO tap at bottom (TWO SHOTS)
CU workman loads tyres and plastic waste into hopper (TWO SHOTS)
CU workman presses button to load waste into machine, and hopper pours material into plant (THREE SHOTS)
LV ZOOM IN TO SV man with bucket walks to tap on side of plant
CU black material pours into bucket (TWO SHOTS)
CU some of the material is set alight
CU AND ZOOM OUT TO SV the inventor Sr Andrea Rossi standing with colleagues watching demonstration
CU ZOOM TO LV the material burns ZOOM IN TO CU Sr Rossi watching
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Background: The prospect of increasingly scarce oil supplies around the world has turned the attention of scientists and back-yard inventors to attempt the synthetic manufacture of 'black gold'. Most scientists say such a process has not yet been plausibly demonstrated, although some theories suggest oil could be obtained at very great cost. But a man in Italy claims to have solved all the problems.
SYNOPSIS: The raw material used to demonstrate the claim is rubber and plastic waste. Nearby stands the manufacturing plant which its inventor claims can solve the oil-starvation problems of the world's oil importers.
The inventor Mr Andrea Rossi claims that the manufacturing plant can reproduce the forces which nature has used to make natural oil. It is claimed that heat and pressure applied to oil-derived materials can extract the oil that went into their manufacture.
A benefit of the process is the consumption of rubbish that would otherwise pollute the environment. It is loaded into the processor, where a chamber forms the heart of the machine. Its walls are said to simulate the areas of geological history which produce natural oil. A burner represents the hot centre of the earth, and the hot gases produced are said to act on the process like the warm rays of the sun. The synthetic miracle of nature reportedly produces carbon, gas and 'black gold'.
In this demonstrations, the oil-like substance pouring from the side of the tank is claimed to be the result of the process. From the dry domestic and industrial waste, the inventor says that 20 percent of the product is oil.
The inventor Andrea Rossi watches a demonstration of the material's ability to burn. Information provided about the process says that waste is like gold that can help diminish pollution and reduce the importation of oil from traditional suppliers.