Story : 3-(Narr.)Uganda-Clean Energy
File ID : 283534
Video ID : 6891535
Date : Feb 19, 2015
Published : February 20, 2015
Duration : 2'58
Location(s) : Kampala, Uganda
Type : English/Narration
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 378
Summary : Kampala project generating power from slaughterhouse waste
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A biogas technology project in Uganda is turning animal waste into energy. While the affordable power generation technology has not been widely embraced, the project is seeking to make bio-gas technology an attractive source of energy. But as Leon Ssenyange reports, adapting the cheap energy source remains a challenge. [TAKE PKG]

Over 300 animals are slaughtered here everyday. The waste from Kampala's biggest slaughterhouse finds its way through this small waste channel. Here it is trapped and put to better use.

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DR.ROBINSON ODONG, Biogas Project Manager:
"We pump the waste water from the drainage channel or collection chamber using a water pump into a hydrolysis tank, hydrolysis tank is the first step where treatment of waste water takes place."

This biogas plant currently uses only 40 percent of the abattoir waste. The waste is broken down in a process carried out in sealed containers. Within the containers - a mixture of water and organic waste generates the biogas.

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DR.ROBINSON ODONG, Biogas Project Manager
"The gaseous components is methane, which is the most important component of biogas because it is the one which burns to produce electricity and energy."

This fuel alternative has benefited the abattoir, using the power generated here to run its freezers and lighting.

Leon Ssenyange, Kampala, Uganda:
"The plant here is able to produce 10 to 15 cubic metres of biogas per day while existing policies allow for an increased use of this kind of energy, there is still a need for its larger scale production."

Across Africa, the use of bio gas is increasing in popularity. But many households and industries are still slow at embracing the cheaper sources of energy.

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JOSEPH KYAMBADDE, Bio-Innovate, East Africa:
"If you tell someone that the biogas coming out of this waste can be used for cooking, they think the gas is as polluted as the waste itself which is not the case, so the mind set of people needs to be changed."

Biogas partnerships across the continent are now aiming to install over 100,000 biogas plants in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Uganda by 2017.

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JOSEPH KYAMBADDE, Bio-Innovate, East Africa:
"The input costs may not be has high as construction of a hydro power dam, so there is need for local support from our governments to support these initiatives and then scale them up."

It is also expected that with increased investment in biogas technologies, households and factories will be able to generate their own power, save on electricity and reduce waste.

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