Biogas project ensures affordable energy for local community

A Limpopo community project that transforms cow dung directly into biogas has already made it easier to cut down high electricity service fees for poor villagers.

The Mpfuneko (Solution) project in Gawula village near Giyani gathers cow dung provided by local cattle owners and processes it directly into usable gas, which, in turn, is offered for sale to the local residences at an affordable price.

“All of us are unquestionably extremely satisfied with the project for the reason that those who find themselves out of work have the ability to set aside some funds and purchase the biogas,” proclaimed satisfied and content customer Josephine Simango.


Simango explained the project has allowed her to prepare food for her children by making use of a biogas stove as opposed to firewood, which happens to be more often than not gathered in snake-infested bushes.

Founding project manager Jotte van Ierland, who is originally from the Netherlands, stated the technological innovation was basically very economical.

“We sign an agreement with at the very least three households that happen to be in close proximity and enable all of them to make use of an unrestricted supply of the gas or green energy for a collective sum of money of R125 per month,” stated van Ierland.

He explained a biogas digester is set up that will transform manure directly into energy and furthermore supplies all three households with biogas by way of a pipeline. The biogas digester heats up the cow dung to a specific degree, at which point the application will begin generating gas.


The undertaking appeared to be primarily suitable for Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, which generally reach high temperature ranges during the course of warmer summer months.

The project was initially started in 2007 and furthermore geared towards promoting socio-economic development within rural areas.

“Cattle owners reap some benefits by contributing cow dung in return for a 25% share in the project. The project at the same time offers employment as well as skills that local people need to empower themselves,” van Ierland said. Ten individuals were currently employed in the project up to now. Having said that, the future of the project is unclear.

“We have only one church from the Netherlands sponsoring the project. Their sponsorship deal lapses next month and considering the fact that if we do not find another sponsor we could quite possibly be in trouble,” said van Ierland, adding that whether or not the project came to an end, he would most likely carry on residing in South Africa because he planned to register for a PhD in biogas technology.

Source: BuaNews

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