August 24, 2017 / 7:30 PM / a year ago

Egyptian students produce fuel from used car tyres

CAIRO (Reuters) - A group of Egyptian students have built a machine they say can produce fuel from worn-out vehicle tyres, after big rises in energy prices as part of recent economic reforms.

Engineering students, Mostafa Saeed Ali and Mohamed Amr cut up car tires in Cairo, Egypt August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The device heats the tyres until they reach evaporation point. The vapor then enters a condenser.

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The product is “very similar in properties to pure diesel and the carbon or black coal is just left inside the container,” said Mohamed Saeed Ali, one of 12 students who worked on the machine as a graduation project.

The students are currently searching for investors for their project.

“Instead of polluting the environment, we recycle them {the tyres} properly in an eco-friendly manner,” Saeed said.

Egypt raised fuel prices by up to 50 percent in June as a condition of a $12 billion International Monetary Fund program the country signed last year.

Reporting by Mohamed Zaki; Writing by Arwa Gaballa

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