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3 years ago  ::  Oct 15, 2015 - 9:04AM #1
BDboy
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We discuss politics, current event and religion most of the time. Now I like to share a news everyone can enjoy. While it has little to do with religion but it is a positive story from the middle east.


It turns trash into cash!!

Helps people make money and helps the environment at the same time. A true win-win formula.




Muslim Teenager Invents Million Dollar Biofuel






Azza Faiad, was fascinated by science, ever since she was a little girl. Her fascination led her towards discovering a way to use, used plastic and turn it into fuel. Her discovery is said to be worth more than 10 million Euro’s per year in Egypt alone.


Her idea if used globally will have a huge global impact. As you might know that the United States of America produces 31x more plastic than Egypt.


Azza Faiad’s, invention will be a big catch for potential investors and the environment.




It is not common that high school students come up with such revolutionary ideas, but this Egyptian teenager is different. Even though she is still in high school, she was able to discover a unique way to create biofuel.


Some of you might already know that plastic waster is a huge problem in Egypt, and other developing countries. So this project is actually converting a problem into a solution. It is not easy to gain access to a research institute. Azza was lucky that the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute decided to take a risk. The Director even set up a highly technical research team said, Nourwand Sorour. Who is one of Azza’s mentors, and a student at Alexandria University.


Azza has received numerous prizes from EU for her invention, and other high school students should take her as a role model.


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3 years ago  ::  Oct 18, 2015 - 3:20AM #2
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While this findings has potential to solve a major part of "Climate change" and "Global warming issues" but this story did not get much press in mass media.



Finding a solution to save this planet was not sensetional enough. Guess Muslims have to kill someone to get any attention . Nothing else matters to our "Sensetional hungry media". Wink

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 18, 2015 - 6:20PM #3
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Oct 18, 2015 -- 3:20AM, BDboy wrote:


While this findings has potential to solve a major part of "Climate change" and "Global warming issues" but this story did not get much press in mass media.


Finding a solution to save this planet was not sensetional enough. Guess Muslims have to kill someone to get any attention . Nothing else matters to our "Sensetional hungry media".



Mentioning climate change is a no-no for mass media. MSNBC fired Ed Schultz because he continued to mention it. Fox Noise allows it to be discussed if the people all say its a liberal lie.

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture."-- Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. V (March 21, 1778)
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 19, 2015 - 1:43AM #4
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Oct 18, 2015 -- 3:20AM, BDboy wrote:


While this findings has potential to solve a major part of "Climate change" and "Global warming issues" but this story did not get much press in mass media.



Finding a solution to save this planet was not sensetional enough. Guess Muslims have to kill someone to get any attention . Nothing else matters to our "Sensetional hungry media". Wink




Plastic is made from oil.

“So long as there is squalor in the world, those obsessed with social justice feel obliged not only to live in it themselves but also to spread it evenly.”

http://takimag.com/article/the_ugly_truth_theodore_dalrymple
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 19, 2015 - 9:45AM #5
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Oct 19, 2015 -- 1:43AM, SeraphimR wrote:


Plastic is made from oil.



I think that everyone here is aware of that. What is bothering you about the story? Is it that a high school girl that you say is equipped to understand science made the discovery?

Plastic pollution in the ocean is harboring colonies of bacteria that could be harmful, not only to marine animals, but also to humans. Link


One would think that turning it into fuel is better than turning the oceans into garbage dumps.

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture."-- Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. V (March 21, 1778)
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 19, 2015 - 11:07AM #6
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Oct 19, 2015 -- 1:43AM, SeraphimR wrote:


Oct 18, 2015 -- 3:20AM, BDboy wrote:


While this findings has potential to solve a major part of "Climate change" and "Global warming issues" but this story did not get much press in mass media.



Finding a solution to save this planet was not sensetional enough. Guess Muslims have to kill someone to get any attention . Nothing else matters to our "Sensetional hungry media". Wink




Plastic is made from oil.





>>>>>>> Really? Are you serious?


How this little girl was able to hide this "Secret" from humanity? Innocent





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3 years ago  ::  Oct 19, 2015 - 1:51PM #7
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This smart young lady did not invent anything. Thermal Depolymerization of plastics, using heat and pressure to turn the long polymers in plastic to the short polymers in fuel, is nothing new. I've known about it for over a decade. Maybe she came up with a newer method or machine. It is costly though. The last I heard the depolymerization takes more energy than you get in return. Take into account the diversion of these plastics from our landfills and it might come out even.

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 22, 2015 - 9:50AM #8
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Oct 19, 2015 -- 1:51PM, mountain_man wrote:


This smart young lady did not invent anything. Thermal Depolymerization of plastics, using heat and pressure to turn the long polymers in plastic to the short polymers in fuel, is nothing new. I've known about it for over a decade. Maybe she came up with a newer method or machine. It is costly though. The last I heard the depolymerization takes more energy than you get in return. Take into account the diversion of these plastics from our landfills and it might come out even.





>>>>>>> it seems she found a way to lower the cost. Let us see where we go from here. It is a good initiative to keep our earth greener.

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 28, 2015 - 11:49AM #9
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 3:27PM #10
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Oct 19, 2015 -- 1:51PM, mountain_man wrote:


This smart young lady did not invent anything. Thermal Depolymerization of plastics, using heat and pressure to turn the long polymers in plastic to the short polymers in fuel, is nothing new. I've known about it for over a decade. Maybe she came up with a newer method or machine. It is costly though. The last I heard the depolymerization takes more energy than you get in return. Take into account the diversion of these plastics from our landfills and it might come out even.




Actually there's a plant producing heating fuel this way and until the oil price plunge it was competitive.  The biggest problem in the U.S. for the process is multiple layers of regulatory permitting so that building a plant ends up with prohibitive costs.


DISCOVER magazine first published about the process about a decade ago, calling it "Anything to Oil"; they have done follow-up articles.  Last I heard, several plants were being built in France (where there's a one-step permitting process).


The real beauty of the process is that some 80% of household waste can be fed in.  The heating-fuel plant uses everything from a slaughter-house and packing plant for turkey -- guts, skin, feathers, bone -- plus plasticthat is expensive to recycle.  You don't have to sort it; metal drops out in the first step, and other "impurities" later on.  One by-prduct of the heating-fuel plant is rich fertilizer!


So maybe she found a different way -- but it's not that big a breakthrough even so.  In fact, since it applies, apparently, only to plastics, it's not that great a process; the technology tested and running in the U.S. plant can take cloth of all kinds, leather, rubber, all kitchen refuse -- pretty much anything organic if the feedstock is balanced right.


I've been advocating for this for years.  Senator Ron Wyden has been looking into how to get the process easily approved in the U.S., perhaps building plants on unused military bases so it would be one-step approval.  He's interested in it from the angle that the process can turn out not just oil, but a variety of lubricants and, of course, more plastics.

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