Experiment turns cow dung to gas

2016-10-07 06:00
 Photos: Siphelele Nketo Mokhesi Mokhesi shows his experiment of transforming cow dung into a gas.

Photos: Siphelele Nketo Mokhesi Mokhesi shows his experiment of transforming cow dung into a gas.

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AN idea that cow dung and human waste could be turned into gas has become a reality for Mokhesi Mokhesi (29) of Nkasela village in Matatiele.
On Tuesday Mokhesi demonstrated his experiment of converting cow dung into a biogas­ to the very curious community.

Mokhesi filled a 10-litre container with water and cow dung and put it inside two drums and the transformation took place within five minutes.
He then connected the home-made gas container to a two-plate gas stove in his house and everyone was amazed to see that the stove worked.

“The idea came after I saw a story in the Daily Sun in 2007 that said cow dung and human waste can make gas.
“So I asked my grand- mother­ to save money for me in order for me to turn this idea into reality.

“I spent R12 000 and bought cement, pipes, and valves,” explained Mokhesi.

His grandmother Mankutlweng Esseu earlier thought that Mokhesi was mad when he told her about the idea, but today she is happy.

“We are now using biogas for cooking, electricity is for light and I am saving lot of money,” said Mankutlweng.

The biogas does not depend on the weather to work and Mokhesi wants to make other gases for schools and hospitals to use.

Nicky McLeod of Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership said Mokhesi needs support from government and business people to expand his knowledge.

“Mokhesi is an innovator and a rural entrepreneur who needs assistance.”

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