Our environmental threat to environmental-friendly energy initiative
Although the water lily has many uses amongst different peoples of the world as food and shelter, it however, can become a weed, blocking out sunlight and oxygen from the water, displacing local aquatic plants and posing danger to water transportation.
Due to its extremely rapid proliferation, it presents serious challenges, especially in Niger Delta communities. Having observed the devastating effects of the invasive water lily on Nigerian waters the MB founder started researching on possible uses of the water lily to improve agriculture and came across a research carried out at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State who decided to create something good out of the water lily.
According to the research over 85 percent of the world rural population depends on biomass in the form of wood and plant residues for domestic purposes, causing deforestation and resulting to environmental degradation. Therefore, to solve the energy crises in our country, biogas production is important. As biogas technology provides an environmentally sound means of managing animal and plant wastes. Unlike water hyacinth that had been used for biogas production, water lily from the same family, has not been used for biogas production from known literatures said Dadi-Mamud.
They collected the water lily, cut them up, poured them into a digester and removed the substrates from digester. The gas was produced in a gasometer (gas holder). The procedure of biomethanation, fermentation and pyrolysis was adopted for the conversion of aquatic plant to produce biogas.
Gas chromatography equipped with a thermal conductivity detector was used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the different components of the substrates.
The project was abandoned due to lack of funding but was later adopted in farming where the water lily are stocked and burnt and the ashes used in enriching the soil for planting.
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IN OUR BAYELSA STATE OFFICE
We have plenty of work on offer for willing volunteers, so why not join one of our small teams at our office in the Imo State? We’re a friendly bunch and are keen to help you get the most out of your experience as possible. Volunteering with us will allow you to see how an international charity runs, as well as getting vital experience of working in a busy office in a wide variety of areas:
Having a break from your studies? Trying to see the world before you settle down and start a career? Spend your gap year volunteering with The Milk Basket and experience cultures that you’ve never seen before.
This unique experience will allow you to get involved and help improve the lives of women in rural Niger Delta villages through an array of our programmes. You could assist in organising a Medical MOT, film and photograph trips in communities or even hold workshops for a whole Village.
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