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UNILORIN professor turns waste into fuel with eggshell biodiesel

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Professor Elizabeth Odetoye of the University of Ilorin has successfully produced biodiesel using a novel catalyst derived from chicken eggshells.

This breakthrough not only demonstrates scientific ingenuity but also aligns with the university’s commitment to fostering indigenous technologies for national economic advancement.

The innovative process, termed ‘trans-esterification experiment’, marks a significant milestone in sustainable energy research. Professor Odetoye, who recently delivered the university’s 253rd Inaugural Lecture, highlighted the potential of eggshells as an economical catalyst source for biodiesel production.

According to her findings, this utilization not only adds value to poultry production by reducing waste but also offers a practical solution to the rising costs associated with traditional biodiesel manufacturing.

“Biodiesel is a promising alternative to fossil fuels,” explained Professor Odetoye, emphasizing its sustainability benefits. However, the high production costs have hindered its widespread adoption. By harnessing eggshell-derived catalysts, the professor’s research introduces a cost-effective and environmentally friendly approach to biofuel production.

Describing biofuels as fuels derived from biomass, Odetoye emphasized the need for Nigeria to tap into its abundant lignocellulose biomass resources using greener methodologies. This forward-looking perspective underscores the potential for locally sourced biofuels to play a transformative role in Nigeria’s energy landscape.

The continued investment in groundbreaking research like Professor Odetoye’s underscores the pivotal role of University of Ilorin in driving innovation and sustainability within the nation.

This achievement not only showcases the transformative power of academia but also opens new avenues for turning waste into energy, promising a greener and more sustainable future.

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