Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Removing Organic and Inorganic Compounds from Wastewater using Omani Clay Deposits
Explain your idea in details:
I come from a country in which the desert constitutes a major part of the territory. I just wonder if you have ever been to a desert? Have you ever felt you were dying for a drop of water? This is how a huge part of the world population feels. Due to existence of the harmful and dangerous materials such as organic compounds and heavy metals in the water, it may destroy thousands of people’s lives if it is not appropriately treated. Though, water is a liquid and transparent substance in nature, the lack of access to safe water can become a solid wall of failure. It is a problem that around 2 billion people are facing nowadays. There is a rich geology place in my home country, Oman, where can help the world deal with the problem of water pollution using clay deposits. When we place a piece of this clay into the contaminated water; as soon as they come in contact with each other, the contaminated water diffuses into the inner structure of the clay and due to its strong adsorption capability, the concentration level of the contaminants will decrease. What is more, the process is entirely environmental friendly.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We have a simple solution to a huge humanitarian problem to save millions of human lives and start breaking the solid wall which the modern problem with water pollution is. The entire process is simple, inexpensive and environmental friendly which can lead to improve the economic.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our plan involves four phases. Phase 1 will involve characterization of the clay properties. Phase 2 will be an advanced analysis of contaminants’ removal from wastewater. Phase 3 will include recovery of the used clay and in the last phase, phase 4, we will approach potential investors to sell our idea/methodology.
My name is Basma Al Kiyumi, 22 years old, process engineering student at the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO). My objective is to seek a challenging career to capitalize my technical and personal skills in the field of process engineering. Below are some of my achievements: 1-Being placed amongst top 100 finalists of World Falling Walls Lab 2017, Berlin; 2-Winner of Oman’s Falling Walls Lab 2017; 3-First prize winner of “I am a global citizen” conference organized by British Council, London; 4-Gold medal for Excellent Student Award by Majid Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE; 5-Certificate from International Academy of Personal Training and Leadership Development; 6-IMCO’s outstanding student.