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Could banana peel be Ireland's next alternative fuel?

These Young Scientists think so.

Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube

YOU COULD SOON be lumping banana briquettes into your fire if these students have their way.

One project at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition explores how dried and compressed banana peel can produce about the same energy as coal, and far more than its turf rivals.

Experiments carried out by David O’Brien, Bryan Mortell, Jack Corkery from Desmond College in Newcastle West, Limerick, show how waste bananas could be converted into a fuel source using a simple process they’ve developed.

Watch the video above for more.

Read: Ireland now has a renewable heat plan, but lessons have been learned from ‘cash for ash’ >

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