We have heard of many ways to recycle plastic waste and to create new fuel but would you believe that a 16 year old from Egypt came up with an interesting idea which should render $78 million of Biofuel?
Egyptian student Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad was able to discover an inexpensive catalyst which could be the critical element in the $78 million worth of biofuel annually.
And with Egypt reportedly reaching about 1 million tons a year, not only will Azza’s idea be an ecofriendly transformation but something that may also help jack up the Egyptian economy.
What Azza proposes is to break down the plastic polymers found in drinks bottles and general waste and turn them into biofuel feedstock. (This is the bulk raw material that generally used for producing biofuel.) It should be noted that this is not a particularly new idea, but what makes Azza stand out from the crowd is the catalyst that she is proposing.
She says that she has found a high-yield catalyst called aluminosilicate, that will break down plastic waste and also produce gaseous products like methane, propane and ethane, which can then be converted into ethanol.