Honourable Mention: Florida Zossoungbo

Florida Ghyslaine Zossoungbo is a journalist/photo reporter from Benin. She has a degree in audiovisual journalism and has made three documentaries respectively on the “Lio, a food of Abomey”; the production of palm wine, and the production of salt by the women of Ouidah. She has also produced two magazines: on the death penalty and the contribution of the charges in households.

Biogas: A sustainable energy source for communities 

(English Transcript) 

Florida Zossoungbo: Mr. Excuse me, do you know that this waste can be used to produce gas at home?

Interviewee: Gas?

FZ: Not only gas but also electricity.

I: Waw!

FZ: This waste is a source of energy for the community.

I: Waw, I was not aware!

FZ: I invite you to visit our center to see what we can do with all this gold mine.

I: Waw, I’m curious to know what can be done with the garbage.

FZ: Here we have in our center what is called the bio-digester. It has a mouth, a stomach to digest, it has a part to release the gas, or the fertilizer. So, your waste if you look at it: it’s a mix. For this system, the waste like the bag, do not produce gas, they are not degradable. So, for that, we must remove them and place them in the first part that we call the loading bag. once you’ve taken out your garbage, you’ll take out those that are not biodegradable.

Personally, I can cite three great benefits of bio gas:

First, on the sanitary level. At my house the waste does not last anymore … the moment you put it in this digester, you have your gas…

The second advantage is on the economic level. I no longer spend money to buy gas, I no longer spend money to get energy. I get it from my waste produced at home, I put it in the bio digester and it produces gas and electrical energy for me. When we talk about a sustainable source, bio gas is a good product to qualify as a sustainable source because every day we produce waste, every day we are forced to have sustainable energy …

Madame Gnanga

FZ: Hello Mrs. Gnanga. How are you?

Madame Ganga: I am okay.

FZ: How can you describe the biogas at home?

MG: The biogas is profitable and it’s not toxic, it’s natural. And with biogas, you have gas 24/24 at home, as long as you load the machine on time. I now have fire to cook the food, I also have light … it is by this pipe here that comes the gas and transfer to the light bulb, you just have to press the button here. It is because we are in broad daylight that you do not see the light. If it was during the night, you will see that it shines properly and it allows children, when there is power failure, to do their homework.

Luc Assavedo- Producer of pineapple juice

We extract the juice from pineapple that is preserved naturally. So, no physical processes, the only one is the heat that we use to preserve the pineapple juice… We thought that waste from consumption can be used to produce biogas. So that’s what we tried to do and we were helped by the people who built a bio-digester, we just use a small part of the production waste that provides us with gas that is used for conservation of the pineapple juice.

Henock G.- Environmentalist Energist

It is a windfall for these small means processing industries to be able to use this waste to produce the sources of energy by themselves, for example cooking energy. There will not be too much waste to disgard. in any case what is biodegradable will be energy-efficient and will might have a problem of autonomy from the point of view of energy because now their waste becomes gas and this gas is used for pasteurization and other matters…