This Kenyan Teenager Uses Poop To Fuel His School

Leroy Mwasaru’s biodigesters have eliminated two pollution problems in one fell swoop.

In rural Kenya, pit toilets—basically holes in the ground, with no water for flushing—are the most common type of toilet. They don’t always work well. At Maseno School, a large boarding school in western Kenya, the sewer system often backed up and contaminated a nearby stream. And, of course, it didn’t smell very good either.

A teenage student at the school came up with a solution: Why not turn the sewage, along with food waste and dung from the school’s cattle, into power for the school?

“My inspiration was drawn from the pressing demand for a clean, renewable sustainable source of fuel,” says student Leroy Mwasaru, now 17. “In the African continent we have lots of resources that masquerades as ‘waste.'”

Read more here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3039676/change-generation/this-kenyan-teenager-uses-poop-to-fuel-his-school


Digester project near Tulare would turn organic waste into renewable transportation fuel

From The Bakersfield Californian:

BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian jcox@bakersfield.com

Food processors, dairies and others in Kern County may soon have a new place to send their organic waste — and with it, a new source of renewable, compressed natural gas.

This month, two state agencies awarded grants totaling $8 million to help fund construction of a $25-million biogas digester outside Tulare believed to be the first commercial-scale project…

Read more: http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1524580875/Digester-project-near-Tulare-would-turn-organic-waste-into-renewable-transportation-fuel

26 November 2014

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