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Africa University students developing clean energy

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Yollanda Washaya, innovation hub manager for Africa University, works to implement new ideas such as building a biogas digester to recycle waste, operating a 3D printer to create prototypes, and branding. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Yollanda Washaya, innovation hub manager for Africa University, works to implement new ideas such as building a biogas digester to recycle waste, operating a 3D printer to create prototypes, and branding. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.
Five Africa University students have completed research on building a biogas digester to produce renewable clean energy for household use in rural communities.
Monalisa Tanatsiwa Chatsama, who is studying Health Services Management, is one of the students working on the biogas digester.
“Working on this project has made me feel like I am so much capable of greatness, and at the same time realizing that I have not been using my potential to the fullest,” Chatsama said.
“I am looking forward to presenting this project on more platforms and raising funds for us to construct our first biodigesters,” she said.
Yollanda Washaya, innovation hub manager for the United Methodist university, said the digester will be good for the environment since users would recycle waste such as cow dung, human or other waste, which would then be fermented to produce heat for cooking and lighting.
The students, from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, are expected to start building the digester when they return to the institution next semester in August.