101 Ways To Make Money in Africa – Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs in Africa – Biogas
Biogas refers to a mixture of gases produced by the decay or fermentation of organic waste (like sewage, kitchen waste, animal manure, food scraps and plant material). When all of this organic waste is allowed to decay in the absence of oxygen, methane, carbon dioxide and some other gases are produced.
Methane is the most important of all the produced gases because it is a very valuable fuel. Methane is a popular natural gas that is used for heating, lighting and cooking purposes in the home.
Recent studies estimate that over 80 percent of African households (especially in rural areas) still depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking their daily meals. For those who can afford it, kerosene (also known as paraffin) and cooking gas are the next best options.
However, due to rapid deforestation in many parts of Africa, firewood and charcoal are becoming increasingly scarce. The rising prices of kerosene and cooking gas make them less affordable every day. If this trend continues in the future, many people on our continent may be unable to afford fuels to cook their food.
In this short video, you’ll see how a small company in Africa, Takamoto Biogas, is using biogas to meet the energy needs of rural communities, and you’ll also understand why biogas has such a huge potential in Africa, and how entrepreneurs like you can take advantage of it.
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United Nations Statistics:
World Bank’s Fact Sheet: Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa : http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/AFRICAEXT/0,,contentMDK:21951811~pagePK:146736~piPK:146830~theSitePK:258644,00.html
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