The St Andrews Prize for the Environment

University of St Andrews


2000 Winner

Olive Oil Waste Programme

Olive Oil Waste Programme

This project by the An-Najah National University at Nablus on the West Bank focused on turning the waste from olive oil production into valuable by-products by means of environmentally sensitive processes.

This waste is a significant problem in Palestine and in Mediterranean areas. After winning the award the team attracted additional funds and started up a pilot plant.

What Happened Next

Winning the prize resulted in remarkable development in areas of renewable and solar energy and a noticeable impact on research funding, enabling basic research on conversion of light into electricity and research into areas of water purification using solar light.

Articles on production of activated carbon from olive solid waste have also been published.

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