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Malaysian researchers invent eco-friendly drone made from pineapple leaves05:56

Malaysian researchers invent eco-friendly drone made from pineapple leaves

Malaysia, Serdang
August 15, 2020 at 05:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Malaysian researchers from the University Putra Malaysia in Serdang have created an eco-friendly drone using pineapple leaves from local farms that would otherwise be waste.

The drone, called Putra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Putra UAV), is made from natural fibres or bio-composites from plants, through an innovative process. It can reach up to about 30 metres (100 feet) high and fly for about 20 minutes straight.

Besides being eco-friendly, the technology also has the potential to help local farmers.

The idea came to Prof. Mohamed Thariq bin Hameed Sultan, the head of the Putra UAV research team, during a community project in Teluk Panglima Garang, Selangor, when locals asked about how to dispose of the many pineapple leaves laying around.

"So we have to find a way to transform this waste into wealth," explained Prof. Mohamed Thariq bin Hameed Sultan on Tuesday. "Rather than they just sell the fruit now, they will have an extra income by selling the leaf."

"Who would have expected that the leaf, the waste can now be used in aerospace industries?" he added.

The research has already won several awards in Malaysia.

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Malaysian researchers from the University Putra Malaysia in Serdang have created an eco-friendly drone using pineapple leaves from local farms that would otherwise be waste.

The drone, called Putra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Putra UAV), is made from natural fibres or bio-composites from plants, through an innovative process. It can reach up to about 30 metres (100 feet) high and fly for about 20 minutes straight.

Besides being eco-friendly, the technology also has the potential to help local farmers.

The idea came to Prof. Mohamed Thariq bin Hameed Sultan, the head of the Putra UAV research team, during a community project in Teluk Panglima Garang, Selangor, when locals asked about how to dispose of the many pineapple leaves laying around.

"So we have to find a way to transform this waste into wealth," explained Prof. Mohamed Thariq bin Hameed Sultan on Tuesday. "Rather than they just sell the fruit now, they will have an extra income by selling the leaf."

"Who would have expected that the leaf, the waste can now be used in aerospace industries?" he added.

The research has already won several awards in Malaysia.

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