PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ThandoC
 
Comments: 4
Article views: 207
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all ThandoC's badges.
 

Biogas could provide solution to energy crisis

14 March 2014, 07:11

Researcher Mengezi Tshuma believes biogas energy could soon provide a solution to overcoming the energy crisis which a number of households in the Eastern Cape are currently facing.

Tshuma, an Eastern Cape Appropriate Technology Unit (ECATU) researcher, said biogas is defined as any gas that is produced when organic matter decomposes as a result of the activity of micro-organisms, which can be used for cooking purposes.

“Cow dung and leftover food can be used to produce biogas energy, by storing them in a digester container, which is placed underground for the breakdown of organic matter,” said Tshuma.

The Eastern Cape province, being home to 38 per cent of the nation’s cattle, 28 per cent of its sheep and 46 per cent of its goat, has an abundance of organic matter in the form of animal waste.

“ECATU’s mandate is to eradicate poverty and spearhead rural development by undertaking applied research and development, adaption, testing and transfer of Appropriate Technologies(AT) that promote sustainable livelihoods,” said Tshuma.

He said for sustainability purposes, these ATs emphasize the use of local resources which are environmentally acceptable, economically viable and culturally or socially feasible for communities.

“One such AT adopted energy that is relevant in terms of improving the energy crisis in the rural communities is that of renewable energy through biogas production for cooking purposes,” he added.

Even though there are some households with access to electricity, recent electricity tariff hikes will make most of them unable to continue affording this form of energy.

Thusma advocates the use of biogas energy because it is an alternative source of energy which is cheaper, and free.

“Once you install the digester container, you can reap the benefits for a long time,” said Tshuma.

ECATU also offers internship programmes and assistance to students from tertiary insitutions who have research studies aligned to ECATU’s mandate.

“Of paramount importance through is how such skills could be transferred to the young generation so that they may own self-sustainable projects, thereby reducing the pressure on government,” added Tshuma.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Warren Holman
Open letter to Mr Zuma Part one

Bring on 2014 and it is with utter disappointment that I look onto this country, remembering the hope I had in 1994. Read more...

0 comments 31 views
Submitted by
Tyronehster
The Halls of Jacob Zuma

Every freedom that’s been fought for every decent human right will be taken from the people more especially if they’re white. Read more...

1 comments 91 views
Submitted by
Irukandji
Why so loud?

Each one seemed to have a built-in, vocal cord amplifier – set at maximum decibels. Read more...

30 comments 454 views
Submitted by
Godless Heathen
I am an oppressor

Being a white man it is incumbent on me to oppress my rage at some of the folly I encounter daily. Read more...

4 comments 385 views
Submitted by
Guy Alain Lukoki
Position yourself and be wise!

If you are everywhere that seems you are nowhere! Do not live by chance! Read more...

5 comments 322 views
That Plane In Ukraine (update 4)

In spite of the fact that the area of Donesk has been declared to be a No combat Zone so that the investigators can do their job, Kiev continued to bomb around the city Read more...

7 comments 302 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.