Renewable energy: AUN scientists convert plastics to liquid fuel
A team of scientists from the School of Arts and Science (SAS), American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, has demonstrated how heterogeneous catalysts obtained from disposed eggshells can be used to convert plastics to liquid fuels.
The ground breaking research comes on the heels of the landmark COP21 agreement to combat climate change and a growing acceptance that renewable sources of energy can complement fossil fuels, reduce emission and help to save the planet, a statement from the institution said.
The statement said the research work was carried out by a Nigerian, Prof. Ifeoma Joseph, with one of her students from Rwanda, Mr. Emmanuel Bucyanayandi.
The duo was said to have produced liquid oil from waste plastics with high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) catalyzed by calcined eggshells.
While the economics of the conversion process has not been fully established, the research shows a lot of promise in a world where renewable energy and synthetic fuel sources are becoming more important, Joseph noted.
Professor Joseph said: “Renewable energy and synthetic fuels cannot fully replace energy from crude oil for now. But instead of just relying on fossil fuels, we can have an energy mix, a distributed energy system.”