- He is an engineer who converts plastic wastes into either diesel, gasoline, kerosene, or gas for domestic use and power motorcycles
- Kantavooro has assembled reactors, which he uses to turn the plastic wastes into fuels
- He has narrated how he started and the processes he goes through to produce the different fuels for home use
Ghanaian engineer, Francis Kantavooro is converting plastic waste into either diesel, gasoline, kerosene, or gas for domestic use with a reactor he assembled.
The entrepreneur is helping to address sanitation challenges in the West African nation by converting discarded plastic waste into cost-effective fuels for home use and power either cars or motorcycles.
In an interview with SciDev.Net, Francis Kantavooro disclosed that he started the initiative back in the university.
How it began
''Ghana spends [a lot of] money on plastic waste. When I was at university as an engineer, I wanted to make a change. I started to research what plastic waste could be used for and [how to] permanently get it out of the environmental system,'' he told SciDev.Net.
Turning plastic wastes into fuels
With a third-generation reactor, he turns the plastic wastes into fuels through series of processes. It takes no longer than a day for Kantavooro’s reactor to convert one ton of plastic into 800 litres of diesel, he said.
Ghana has a severe plastic pollution problem as it produces 1.7 million tons of it annually but only recycles 2%, reports SciDev.Net.
Now, at least in his town, people collect plastic waste and bring it to the reactor site. They receive money per kilo.
Kantavooro has narrated the step by step processes he undertakes to finally produce either diesel, gasoline, kerosene, or gas for domestic use.
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Watch the video below:
Ghanaian men who turn plastic wastes
In a similar story, Briefly News previously reported about some young Ghanaian men who turn plastic wastes into fuel like grease, diesel and petrol for household use.
At the time, the project received support from GEFSGP Ghana and UNDP Ghana to help them with the pilot stage of the laudable initiative.
Despite having access to extremely limited resources, these determined young Ghanaians from Banda Nkwanta in the Brong-Ahafo region, have discovered means of converting plastic waste into fuel, which hopefully could be used to power cars and household appliances.
Woman, 27, wonders if she should pursue a new degree
A local woman has social media talking after asking users what they thought about her pursuing a new degree at the age of 27. It seems the pretty lady is looking for a new career direction and was looking for some reassurance, especially given her age.
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Heading online, @lovejoy_noms shared the interesting post.
"If I start a new degree at 27. I could be done at 30/31. That’s not too old. I think kongsiza ngzame."
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