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Slum synergy to make energy

Community power project from household wastes

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

After a mild flood, I watched as a slum community was almost literally 'drowned in plastic'. Plastic trash had clogged up what was supposed to be a drainage and the impact was horrendous. But just maybe all this plastic trash could be used to generate power for the community. Rural and farming communities successfully use gasifier technology (renewable technology) to generate electricity from their agricultural wastes. Well, I think we have an urban waste here that could be 'farmed' (more like collected), crushed, gasified and the heat generated could be harvested for use in a Stirling engine for power generation. Hopefully with one stroke, we can clean up the environment and produce power at the same time. Power to the slum!

WHO BENEFITS?

Firstly, we get to deal with a problem of non biodegradable trash that is fast becoming a disaster for many developing countries, especially their slums. Also, the 'farmers' of the trash help generate their own power.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Plastic trash, coupled with poor waste disposal systems is becoming a growing urban nightmare in many communities and it's effects, in my opinion, are directly felt by the people when there is some rain. Completely blocking drainage, in some instances, the waters have nowhere to go and the small rain seems like a category 3 storm. It's an environmental issue we should think about. And those living in our slums are worse for it.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for one year or less

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

An entrepreneur focusing on rural heat and power technologies for agricultural value chain addition.

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Hi Kingsley, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO