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March 3rd, 2010
Waste tea leaves could be a cheap source of biofuel that does not compromise food security, according to Pakistani scientists.
Researchers from the Nanoscience and Catalysis Division at Quaid-i-Azam University used a nanocatalyst, metal nanoparticles that accelerate reactions, to produce biodiesel from used tea leaves.
'The world today is consuming several million tonnes of tea yearly. This method could be utilised to produce alternative energy,' Tajamul Hussain, co-author of the study, told SciDev.Net.
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