Turning Waste Into Energy through Innovation to Combat Climate Change.
There is no doubt that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time.
It is indeed important to note that in the last 150 years the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has skyrocketed, particularly carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. We are aware that these gases accelerate climate change because they trap heat in the atmosphere, thus producing an increase in the earth's average temperature.
This therefore require joint action to find an effective solution, and the good news is that there are already technological innovation and individuals in the field of climate science that are burning the midnight oil trying to break the puzzle.
In a country where forest is under a massive threat due to the fast growing deforestation mainly caused by bushfire and charcoal production, a Young Madagascer doctor Pascaulet Safidi has designed a machine that creates bio-briquettes, a biofuel made from grass using a press machine and that serves as a substitute for charcoal and coal.
According to Christoph Frei, the world’s energy leader, “As the population of the world continues to grow, the demand for energy is becoming critical”.
Energy is one of the major inputs for the economic development of any country. World energy consumption doubled between 1970 and 2000 and it is expected to double by 2050.
A recent article from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says advances in renewable energy technology, its falling costs, and the continent’s geography can contribute to renewable energy becoming a prominent, affordable, and competitive source of electricity in Africa.
Currently, the main sources for the region’s energy-coal, oil, and traditional biomass (wood, charcoal, and dry dung) are associated with severe environmental and health damage.
Bio-briquettes might jut be the solution.