The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Fuels from waste

Stage of Idea conceptual stage, idea offered for implementation by others
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The main idea is the use of urban wastes that are inadequately destined and incorporate economic value through thermochemical conversion processes (slow pyrolysis). The case study is the fruits of Terminalia catappa, also known as "castanhola" in Rio de Janeiro, since they are considered a major problem for the collection companies and the system of waste disposal in the country, due to of being treated only as garbage of sweeping and the fact that these almond trees exist in abundance in all national territory. In this way, this biomass is most often incinerated, releasing greenhouse gases or transported to irregular places and landfilled unnecessarily, where the accumulation, contamination, and decomposition of organic matter occurs, which causes the propagation of vectors and causes negative impacts for the local population. In addition, large urban centers also end up suffering from infrastructure and local health with frequent rains, as the abundance of almonds and leaves from the trees in the streets prevent the drainage of water in the culverts and end up causing flooding. Thus, slow pyrolysis appears as a sustainable alternative of reuse of this material, generating biochar, which can be used as fertilizer or solid fuel; bio-oil and aqueous fraction, which can be used as an additive to produce biofuels, antifungals, antibacterials and among others; and a biogas, which serves as a gaseous fuel. When analyzing the energy potential, the biochar produced has a high calorific value, a parameter that evaluates the energy released in the burning of the fuel, and favorable physical properties to be introduced in boilers and furnaces, thus being a possibility of accessible and quality green energy.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Among the various objectives of sustainable development (OSD) in which the proposed idea fits, we can see a greater impact in the 7th and 9th OSD, which refer respectively to Clean and Accessible Energy, and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. The slow pyrolysis of almonds is of great importance for the development of clean, renewable and accessible energies since it is in accordance with the principles of green chemistry. In the process, the whole sample is used, there is no waste and sub-products, in addition to the fact that much of the CO2 released in the burning is mitigated by the plant's own growth through the carbon cycle. It is also important to mention that the transformation of these fruits into solid fuel is environmentally friendlier compared to the vegetable coals that are usually produced from the trunk of the trees, since we can reduce deforestation, maintaining a larger green area. In relation to the economics of the 7th OSD, it is realized that technological progress generated by the use of biomass can innovate and optimize several industrial processes. Also, they can generate a great growth in the urban infrastructure in such a way that it can further boost the incentive to the research of new applications for the pyrolysis' products and the use of new biomasses. In the social bias, it is expected that the correct destination of all these fruits could bring an improvement in the quality of life for the local population since a large part of the air pollutants and flood risks in large urban centers would reduce. In addition, the implementation and evolution of this idea would generate new jobs for the different social classes, since the project requires labor from the selective collection of the materials to the industrial scale projection of the conversion processes.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

For the initial stage, it is necessary scientific studies in the area of chemistry and engineering to develop the most appropriate logistics for the collection, separation, transport, quality, chemical composition and physical properties of the biomass and the products obtained. Currently, relevant research on the area of biofuels and use of solid waste has been published by researchers of the Universidade Federal Fluminense in partnership with funding agencies, which may be the first stage for the implementation of the idea on a small scale. Direct contact with the university research groups facilitates the possibility of using the batch pyrolysis reactor to transform the biomass. This small step can provide important data, such as the yield of conversion products, to estimate the amount of biofuel that could be generated and the parameters to be used on a larger scale. Collaboration between the university and municipality would then be an essential part of the research progress since this would optimize the processes involved in collecting and transporting the material, which is currently intended according to municipal legislation. Initial small-scale results could be applied to the university's own resources, serving as a test phase and later brought to higher levels and funded and employed by industries that demonstrate interest and cooperate with this work. During this period of growth, it is essential to quantify the greenhouse gases generated by the process and to adapt the logistics for the implementation of biofuels on a large scale. It is also important to make clear to the population that the investments on sustainable development and renewable energy really do have positive impacts, in order to achieve greater social acceptance of the idea. In this way, as the idea matures, the partnerships between several collaborating institutions increase, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to the country.

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Your profile

My name is Gustavo Felix Bitencourt, I am 20 years old and I am at the 7th period of Industrial Chemistry degree at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói (Brazil). Since my first contact with the academic environment, I have tried to increase my training in order to expand my knowledge through the entry of research laboratories and participation in courses and seminaries. In 2016, I started my complementary training, doing a mini-course on Nuclear Energy, followed in 2017 by joining the SINCROMA research group, headed by Dr. Prof. Gilberto Alves Romeiro, working in the area of Environmental and Organic Chemistry. With this, I was able to get acquainted with the real dynamics of a research laboratory, to learn how to adapt to the different demands of the scientific process and to acquire greater contact with group activities, as well as to familiarize myself with the instrumental methods. This constant process of development in planning and executing different projects allowed me to see the real fruit of my efforts, through my participation in different congresses, such as the XVI Regional Meeting of the Brazilian Chemical Society. In 2018, expanding my area of expertise for Inorganic Chemistry, I was recognized by the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio de Janeiro, becoming a FAPERJ Scientific Initiation Scholar.

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June 24, 2019 07:29

Hello! Vote #96

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great sunday

June 23, 2019 09:02

Hello! Vote #95

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great sunday

June 22, 2019 16:34

Good morning

Am back again. How are you finding time around the campus platform so far?

Lets keep supporting each other through teamwork. Have a great weekend..

Regards
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https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/
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June 22, 2019 04:40

Hello!! Vote #94

I hope your project is one of the finalists of "Best Ideas 2019" in General Competition.

I count on your support for the Ecological Community PopulAction as one of the Best Ideas 2019 in Youth Competition!
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.

June 18, 2019 23:13

hi my fellow entrepreneur

i just supported your idea kindly let continue with the support

Regards
Oshikulu cultural village and living museum
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June 16, 2019 08:14

Hi, I apologize, I have not been active on campus for some days now but am back now and will vote every idea that has left a comment or message for me if you have not done so, please check it out and leave a comment quickly to get two votes today thank you https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/?
EKJ
edUnify

June 15, 2019 10:53

vote 92

TODAY IS ANOTHER DAY to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

Regards
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/my-ideas/13566/?

June 14, 2019 12:13

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best
EkJ-edUnify
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June 13, 2019 23:10

I am here again to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/my-ideas/13566/?

June 13, 2019 22:48

Hey Guys

Show ur support today, lets change world talks?!
Im up for the discussions

kindly showing my ideas and do expect that u all guys do the same.
Lets be the change!

Show your support! And please do feed me back!
Best regards, keep it up Focus!
VOTE VOTE VOTE

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June 13, 2019 19:44

Hello

Well done and i wish you all the best in this competition and implementation of your idea. Let continue supporting each other through votes and comments. You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a vote and comment https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 11, 2019 19:47

NICE NICE NICE ..............................
YOU A CHAMPION CHAMPION CHAMPION ......................................
Nice idea and great one and God bless you ................................
i start with a comment to your idea
please come to my project too and read , comment and vote
and leave your comment with a link and i will vote for you too if God wishes

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/15303/

June 10, 2019 22:26

Hi dear, I am king James from the idea "edUnify under tourism", I want to solicit your support for my idea, and I guarantee you a vote back and comment if you vote and leave a comment on my idea. Thanks for your anticipated support and do have a great day. This is my link, https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 9, 2019 23:20

Your idea has the potential to change the world as we know it. keep working on it, comment on my idea and i will be sure to vote you tomorrow, well done https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 9, 2019 23:18

Your idea has the potential to change the world as we know it. keep working on it, comment on my idea and i will be sure to vote you tomorrow, well done https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 8, 2019 09:33

Hello Gustavo,

I really like your brilliant idea.

Please take a look at my idea:

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13978/

Wish you all the best!

Kind Regards,
Khalid

June 7, 2019 09:49

Hi, I see your idea is quite impactful, Keep making modifications until its perfect. if you can leave a comment on my idea, i know you are active and when i come back online i will vote you. well done. kindly vote too if you can. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 5, 2019 21:29

Hello

Your idea is wonderful, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 5, 2019 09:01

Truly a great idea. I like how you plan the social problems that arise from waste. I have vote for your idea. Please vote for me as well Hello friends I need your votes please. My idea, "Social enterprise business for the marginalized street youths. ", was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14962 and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!
You can support my idea by
a) voting for it
b) commenting and giving positive feedback
c) tell your friends about it to do the same.

Thanks for your support!

June 4, 2019 15:59

Great idea. Please vote for my Idea comments are appreciated.
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June 4, 2019 00:16

You have my vote!! I am Impressed!!! truly amazing the way how you plan to solve social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/

Let us make a difference in the world!

June 3, 2019 18:14

It's a beautiful day to vote, since it's a a new week, plus i will vote for your idea, kindly vote mine on your next activation. if you vote mine, kidly drrop a comment and ill make sure to vote you too. Thank you.
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June 3, 2019 08:25

Hi,
Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14234/ to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
Haleema zia from Pakistan

May 29, 2019 07:20

Greetings,

Happy International Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Your project idea is amazing :)

We're so excited to have been nominated under the youth best ideas competition category. Kindly show your support by reading commenting and voting for us at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15089/

Thank you,
Natasha Sichula
HERZ CEO

May 23, 2019 21:33

Hi, I love your idea it's very innovative and daring. I hope you go far in this competition. I am definitely voting for you. Please do also vote for my idea Koini Africa via;
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/12581
1.read about my ideas
2. Drop comments on it.
3. Invite friends to also vote for my idea as it's a master piece.

Thanks a lot!!!

May 22, 2019 10:47

It is a great idea, so I am voting. Go ahead. Good luck.
"My idea, "Learn English using free online course", was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/ariungerelulziibaljir/ideas/my-ideas/14504/
Commenting and giving positive feedback.
Thanks for your support!"

May 17, 2019 02:42

Hello Momar,
Thank you for the positive feedback, I hope that everyone like my ideia too ! Your ideia is very interesting, I will support you there by commenting and voting as well.

May 16, 2019 13:43

Hi Gustavo,
I love your idea and its impact on society! I would appreciate it if you could vote and comment on my idea about fish farming as well! https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13891