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Thursday, August 1, 2019

A student in Indonesia change plastic into fuel

D3 students Mechanical Engineering Vocational School of Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Yanditya Affan Almada creates a tool that can convert inorganic waste such as plastic waste into a fuel in the form of bio oil and biogas.

Affan during the press conference in Yogyakarta, Wednesday, 31 July 2019, said the tool in the form of furnace or heater that began to be developed since sitting D SMA in 2015 was named  "AL-Production ".

 "All types of plastic waste can be processed into fuel with this tool, " he said.

According to him, the technology he developed was able to transform inorganic waste such as plastics into fuel through the process of pyrolysis. Pyrolysis mechanism is the process of heating the plastic without oxygen in a certain temperature and distillation technique.

 "The result can be applied to the fuel of motor vehicles," he said.

Equipment developed in the form of pipes connected with a high-pressure air-tight tube made of stainless steel. While for the energy source that serves as a heater using an electrical flow.

 "Initially we developed using a source of fire energy, but the result was not good because the resulting temperature could not be controlled. Then we change it with electrical energy and the result is more optimal,  "he said.

The way the tool works starts with inserting plastic waste into the vacuum tube. The next tube is heated to reach 450 to 550 degrees Celsius. Thirty minutes then out of drops of oil from the pipeline after passing the cooling path.

Affan has made the tool based on orders and up to now no less than 6 heating tools that he has made. The first tool was produced in 2017 small sized with a capacity of 2 to 3 liters sold for RP20 million. In addition Affan has also made a medium size tool with a capacity of 10 liters at a price of RP35 million.

He mentioned this developed tool has a number of advantages compared to similar products on the market. One of them uses electricity for the heating process while most products already in the country use a source of energy in the form of fire for the heating process so that the temperature is less controlled.

 "Abroad there is also a heating tool, but only for heating or material testing. If our tool is equipped with destilator so it can be used for pyrolysis process that converts plastic waste into fuel,  "said Affan.

Affan has been developing tools and obtaining funding for development from the entrepreneurial student Program of UGM.

 "Hopefully can develop this tool even better to reduce plastic waste dqn can produce new fuel so it can be more efficient," he said.

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