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May 10, 2011

Mauritius to have biogas plant soon

The project is designed based on anaerobic digestion

A group of researchers had noted that a new initiative was required for industrial and household management. Thus it has been decided that a biogas project will be launch in Mauritius soon.

The project is designed based on anaerobic digestion, a series of processes whereby microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen to release energy, namely biogas.

The researchers behind this project, namely Indian expert Shon Anil Kumar, CEO of Kievnov International and Mauritian Dr Kevin Ramdhun, president of Kievnov International, recently expanded their operations in Mauritius.
The researchers are launching this biogas plant in context of the Maurice Ile Durable project. According to Kumar, there is a need to supply the equipment with domestic waste and waste water. After 24 hours, the machine converts it into biogas and liquid fertiliser.

Dr Ramdhun, who is also a senior researcher at Africa Geo Research Council, said that biogas is the result of biological decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen.

He added, “This is produced by anaerobic digestion or fermentation of biodegradable materials, such as manure, sewage, green waste and energy crops. The biogas is mainly methane and carbon dioxide. The energy release allows biogas to be used as fuel at low cost in any country for heating or cooking.”

Another product of the conversion process is the liquid fertiliser discharged after treatment. It is known as a tonic for plants due to the presence of nutrients.

Text by the Independent
 

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