Egyptian student Azza Faiad found an innovative way to generate biofuel by breaking down plastic waste.
In coordination with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Science & Engineering Fair and the Research, Development and Innovation Program, the only 16 years old promising scientist won a special price in the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists, which seeks at promoting cooperation and exchanges between young scientists, and giving them the opportunity to be guided by prominent scientists.
Faiad was rewarded a week-long stay at Culham Science Centre in Oxford (UK), where she participated in different experiments and science activities on nuclear energy supported by the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA).The very committed and creative learner did her yearlong research work at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, where she met her mentors, the engineering student Nourwarnda Sorour and chemical expert Tarek Fahmy, helping her understand advanced scientific principles and develop the scientific basis of the project.
Using an environmentally friendly method, her invention could transform Egypt’s large amount of plastic waste, estimated at 1 million tons a year, and polyethylene waste, estimated at 220,000 tons a year, into biofuel, thereby solving the ongoing fuel problem Egypt is facing. Turning her project into reality would produce profits for her country whose worth could reach US$162 million.
Unfortunately as for now, there is no final vision of whether and how her idea can be implemented by the private sector or the government on the ground. The project still requires a bigger staff team, fundraising and further planning on which machines, equipment and safety measures to use.
Source: Egypt Independant