17 year old Egyptian student turns plastic into biofuel that could supplement global energy needs

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Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad has discovered a inexpensive catalyst that can turn plastic waste into biofuel at an extremely efficient rate. Azza’s catalyst is the chemical known as aluminosilicate which is able to break down plastic to produce methane, propane, and ethane. All of these can be converted into the biofuel that is ethanol.

Azza’s prediction calls for Egypt being able to produce 40,000 tons of cracked naphtha and 138,000 tons of hydrocarbon gasses per year. This rounds to about $78 million dollars worth of biofuel. The plastic consumption in Egypt is estimated to be 1 million tons per year. This catalyst could be the solution, not only to Egypt’s plastic usage, but for the economy of the country as well.


Azza’s discovery has made her famous with Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, a company wishing to decrease it’s waste production immensely. Especially with how much waste there is, not only in the Middle East, but as well as the world’s oceans.

Azza was awarded the European Fusion Development Agreement award at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists and is now looking to patent her findings through the Egyptian Patent Office.

Young minds, such as hers, need encouragement as well as support.

via Expanded Consciousness, CNN

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