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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Recycling can sometimes be a fussy chore.  Special on anything that food has touched.  Much of the waste products we think can be recycled, including, as you will see here, aluminum, gets pulled out of your green bin and is dumped in the landfill.

Perhaps not for much longer.  Thanks to a research team in Belfast, aluminum may soon get crystallized into fuel.  Innovative?   Absolutely.  Job, revenue producing?  We hope, soon.  Great work around the business side of green.


A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems.

In the UK, around 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging is wasted each year – enough to stretch to the moon and back. Most of this is landfilled or incinerated as it’s usually contaminated by grease and oils, which can damage recycling equipment.
However, Ahmed Osman, an Early Career Researcher from Queen’s University’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has worked with engineers at the university to create an innovative crystallization method, which obtains 100% pure single crystals of aluminum salts from the contaminated foil. This is the starting material for the preparation of alumina catalyst.
Usually, to produce this type of alumina it would have to come from bauxite ore, which is mined in countries such as West Africa, the West Indies and Australia, causing huge environmental damage

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