Zimbabwean student, Farai Musendo, a final year Chemical Engineering student of the National University of Science and Technology recently turned plastic to Diesel during the 57th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade fair (ZITF) in a bid to tackle waste problems in Zimbabwe.
He believes his innovation would not only power numerous vehicles in Zimbabwe but also curb its plastic waste problem if funded and well tested.
However, Farai’s Diesel is yet to be tested on vehicles. In order for his ‘Plastic to Diesel’ innovation to kick off, he would need an investment of about $100,000 to conduct a complete research.
This is what he had to say:
“This is value addition through litter. We collect used plastics and clean them before processing them into diesel. What I’ve are just samples and my passion of waste management drove me to do this. As a country we’re far from properly managing our waste.
“So this is part of waste management project and improving our energy sector. This could also create employment if it succeeds. We can create employment for people who would be collecting the waste on our behalf. 100 kilogrammes of plastic litter is equivalent to 55,2 litres of fuel.”
The Director of the University in charge of marketing and public relations, Mr. Felix Moyo, said regarding Farai’s invention that the school does support innovative students to come up with new inventions that would solve Zimbabwe’s issues in one way or the other and further turning it to a science and technology-driven country.
“Innovation projects improve people’s lives as well as the nation at large. We’ve managed to top the education sector through the sincerity of our projects. Our innovations are things that are implementable, STEM is really not about academic subjects but the subjects should be practical to transform people’s lives and the economy as well as the country,” he said.