Three chemical engineering students from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta are trying to transform plastic waste into energy.
Thya Laurencia Benedita Araujo (Ujo), Sholahuddin Alayyubi (Ayub) and Herman Amrullah have been working on a smart car equipped with technology to convert plastics to motor fuel. The idea was inspired by the need to find a solution to Indonesia's garbage crisis.
The team, known as Smart Car MCS, will also minimize emissions from the smart car by equipping its engine with microalgae cultivation support (MCS) technology.
"We see how plastic waste is increasingly becoming an issue and we want to try to develop a technology that could address that," Herman told the Jakarta Globe.
The idea was submitted to Shell Ideas360, an international competition for students who develop solutions to problems related to food, water and energy.
The Gadjah Mada University team is among the five research groups selected for the competition's finals in London next month.