Biogas rescues rural South Africa


Just last month, gasworld’s Rob Cockerill discussed the fascinating value of biofuels. Indeed, it is a theme enjoying a worldwide uptake; as evident this week, when Trade plus Aid (TPA) launched the South African agricultural biogas project.

The initiative is hoped to implement domestic biogas projects throughout impoverished rural areas in South Africa. It is being orchestrated with the help of the South African arm of Swiss biogas technology company Acrona. TPA has a 50% interest in the recent creation, Acrona South Africa, which will manufacture micro gas turbines and other related products associated with the humanitarian venture.

The Agricultural Biogas Project
Within the first, agricultural phase, Lagoon Biogas Digesters will be installed at farms, replacing open lagoons that are currently being used as animal waste management systems and are allowing unrestricted emissions into the atmosphere. Benefits of this will include energy security, high quality fertilizer, improved manure management and enhanced air quality.

In an official statement, TPA, explained the reflexive approach to engineering involved, “These digesters will be engineered specifically to suit the farm environment, and the amount of animal waste currently being generated by the farm and deposited daily into the existing open lagoon.”

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