News By/Courtesy: Saniya Akhtar | 27 Feb 2019 18:17pm IST

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  • UniQuest, Queensland University?s commercial company has filed a patent applicationseeking patent for the method developed by the university?s scientists for turning waste glass into everyday products
  • This process could save tones of glass waste from being dumped and would save the environment from the hazards of the waste glass that takes thousands of years to degrade normally.
  • He further said, “My PhD has highlighted how we need to make use of both the raw materials in „waste? streams and the energy embodied in them during manufacture.”

UniQuest, Queensland University?s commercial company has filed a patent applicationseeking patent for the method developed by the university?s scientists for turning waste glass into everyday products, such as fertilisers, detergents and toothpastes by extracting liquid silicate from waste glass. This process could save tones of glass waste from being dumped and would save the environment from the hazards of the waste glass that takes thousands of years to degrade normally. Rhys Pirie, a PhD student at University of Queensland said, “We estimate the process is more than 50 percent cheaper than conventional ways of producing silicate. It requires less energy, raw materials and capital, and that?s before you consider the reduced social and economic costs compared to landfilling material.” He further said, “My PhD has highlighted how we need to make use of both the raw materials in „waste? streams and the energy embodied in them during manufacture.”

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 27 Feb 2019 18:21pm IST


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