Friday, December 30, 2005

Home Biogas Plants in Nepal Latest Innovation

For those of you keeping up with my weekly column at The Space Ace, here is the first of my on-going series on Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy winners.
The Ashden Awards go to those who find innovative forms of sustainable energy resources. They believe finding a way for everyone to have access to a permanent and unimpeded energy supply is key to eliminating global poverty. We think they're right.

The idea of free energy for everyone may sound like a dream, but ironically, the answer does not involve anything more technical than a fart.
More commonly called: Biogas.

The Biogas Sector Partnership in Nepal is an Ashden Finalist. The company is currently building and selling home biogas plants which operate on just about any kind of dung, human or cow being most widely used. These plants cost about 24,000 rupees ($550 US) to install and pay for themselves in about two years, providing free cooking gas and eliminating the need to buy or gather firewood.
It is estimated two million homes in Nepal can make use of the biogas systems.

Free--Sustainable--Energy.

And the dried waste is used to fertilize crops....in fact it's not right to call it waste any more because nothing is wasted.

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