MDI Comment: The example of this Muslim teenager, who invented a cost effective way of turning all too ubiquitous plastic refuse and rubbish into usable ‘biofuel’. This is just another example of the Muslim intellectual revival which is happening in the Muslim world and slowly, but surely, developing a unstoppable momentum. The example also shows how even modern day Muslim societies are beginning to promote scientific and technological development which is happening hand in hand with an increasing religious revival. It should further be noted, and responded to Islamophobes, how a Muslim woman was funded and supported to be able to attain her innovative ideas. While it is irrelevant to Muslims whether a Muslim is male or female, it certainly can be used as a good counter-example to Islamophobes who claim that Muslims repress ‘women’s voices’.
Teenage Girl Turns Plastic Trash Into Million-Dollar Biofuel
An Egyptian teenager has discovered an inexpensive way to turn plastic trash into fuel — and it could be worth tens of millions of dollars a year.
Azza Faiad’s ideas attracted the attention of the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute. The institute gave the teen access to a lab and its researchers in order to help refine her trash to fuel formula.
Faiad discovered a cheap and plentiful catalyst called aluminisilicate that drastically reduces the cost of converting plastic waste into gases like methane and propane, which can be turned into ethanol, what some scientists are calling “biofuel” because the organic chemicals from plastic polymers she extracts, are the same chemicals extracted from vegetation to create ethanol biofuel.
The process releases other chemicals that can also be recycled and sold.
Egypt produces a million tons of plastic trash every year, and it’s estimated Faiad’s process could convert that much trash into fuel worth$78 million every year.
In fact, she believes it could raise the total return to $163 million each year from Egypt’s plastic trash.
The European Union Contest for Young Scientists has already honored Faiad with a prize for her work and she is now working on a patent for her trash to fuel process.
(WATCH the CNN video) – Photo: CNN video
Watch sister Azza Faiad’s TEDX talk (in Arabic):