Friday, 20 January 2012
UCT residence, Leo Marquard Hall, has been cooking off biogas since about August 2011! A really incredible achievement that has remained unbeknown to most students for the last year.
The project is a partnership between UCT Department of Chemical Engineering and AGAMA energy. An AGAMA BiogasPro unit has been installed in the garden outside the Marquard kitchen and is producing gas from food waste from the kitchen.
Think about what this means - the students at UCT are eating food that was cooked on last week's left-overs!
The project aims are : to show that biogas digesters are in fact viable waste to energy solutions in urban settings, to show students how feasible sustainable energy systems can be, and to take constructive steps forward in the university's broader goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and becoming a carbon-neutral campus.
There have been many articles written about the Leo Marquard digester, and the most interesting ones are linked below.
Also, take a look at the video that shows how the system works.