Professor of chemical physics and environmental engineering, Dr. Jamil Rima, left, shows the end product of his invention in Ashrafieh, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.(The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Jamil Rima, environmentalist and professor of chemistry, hopes to bring Lebanon's waste battle to an end with a new invention that turns garbage into carbon coal fuel in just 15 minutes.Rima then proceeded to place a black plastic bag of trash into the machine, which resembles a medium recycling bin.Rima explained that the waste is exposed to 400 degrees Celsius and 10 bars of pressure. Thus, the coal made by Rima's process can serve as an alternative fuel to the large industrial plants, which burn tons of fuel on a regular basis, he said.Apart from its ability to transform any type of wastes, even medical waste, Rima boasted that the resultant coal was organic, and thus less harmful than other types of fuel.
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