Re­new­able en­ergy: AUN sci­en­tists con­vert plas­tics to liq­uid fuel

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Chidimma C. Okeke

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.”

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