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[Ambassador report] (ENERGY) (THEMATIC REPORT) HUMAN WASTE AS SOURCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

by Kalori Wesonga | 31-10-2019 23:33 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Kenya is home to some of the largest slums in Africa. In Nairobi, over 2.5 million people call a slum home and this represents over 60% of the city’s population. So how then can the idea of renewable energy be sold to these people? It turns out that one of the largest resources is virtually always available: human waste.

Bacterial breakdown of human waste in controlled environments creates methane in the absence of oxygen. A company which runs such a venture in Kenya is Sanivation. It has set up a human waste collection system where, for a small fee, they install toilets in slum and rural households, then towards the end of the month, collect the waste from subscribers of the toilet systems. The waste they collect is then burned into briquette like balls which are then sold back as fuel to low income households. Not only is this a clean and affordable form of energy, but also an efficient way of reducing the common problem of “flying toilets”, plastic paper bags used as toilets , which often leads to environmental pollution.
Briquettes made from human waste
Briquettes made from human waste.

The United Nations estimates a $9.5 billion worth of value from bio-gas. The reason why human waste is the future is as long as humanity exists, there will probably always be a constant supply of human waste. Additionally, when we consider it as a substitute to coal, thousands if not millions of trees could be saved from being cut down.

Ultimately, the idea of sustainability also means that perhaps, using all available renewable resources in league with each other is the only way to sustain a world hurtling towards 8 billion people. 


6 Comments

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Kalori

    What a creative venture for people with low income in Kenya. Looking at the example in your report, I can see that renewable energy isn't something that's far away from us. The earth is full of energy sources, it's just human society's role to find and utilize them. That program will cause new kind of money circulation, and provide cleaner environment for people in slum areas.

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 05-11-2019 00:54

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Kalori!

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about HUMAN WASTE AS SOURCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 02-11-2019 23:55

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello kalori
    I hope you are doing well.

    I have heard about these briquettes for the first time. It's very interesting.
    Thank you so much for this report.

    Green cheers!
    Regards Asmita Gaire
    Posted 02-11-2019 11:25

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Kalori!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great.
    It sounds really good knowing Africa being part of the change for renewable energy.
    It is amazing that human waste can also be used as the renewable sources of energy.

    Keep writing and shining.
    Keep up doing great.

    Hope to know more from you.

    Warm regards,
    Meena

    GREEN CHEERS
    Posted 01-11-2019 17:49

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank you for your report Kalori! It was nice reading it
    Posted 01-11-2019 14:10

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Kalori!
    It's Lisa once again.

    I love the idea of how we can get rid of our waste and generate energy at the same time!
    It's great to see that Africa is being part of the change for renewable energy!

    As you have mentioned at the end of your report, we have to make use of all the renewable energy that we have in order to sustain the living of all the world's population. In order for that, we would need to cooperate with one another!

    Thank you for the report and keep up the good work:)
    Posted 31-10-2019 23:58

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