What does the Bioenergy Team do?
The overall goal of the Bioenergy Team is to allow a northern village in Thailand to have access to more sustainable energy options in the form of biogas. The Bioenergy Team has designed a biogas digester with an anaerobic environment that converts biological wastes that would otherwise be unused, such as dead plant or animal matter, into methane gas that can then be used for cooking. Using biogas to cook would be much more healthy for both the environment and the Thai villagers themselves, as they are currently burning wood stoves that release particulate matter into the air. The particles released by burning wood stoves can cause detrimental health effects, especially to children, villagers with heart or lung disease, and older adults. After the biogas digesting process, the slurry inside the digester can be used by the villagers as compost for their crops. Additionally, a generator can be added to the system to utilize the biogas to generate electricity for rural villagers in Thailand.
Our Impact on Thai Villagers....on UCSD...on the World.
The project will not only help the Thai villages, but also students attending UC San Diego. This project will help teach people about sustainable energy options because they can realize that biological wastes that are usually thrown away can actually be converted into something very useful—whether it is just methane gas or even electricity. The villagers in Thailand would not only be able to make their own methane gas to cook, this system will help give them the option of not using wood stoves that can be detrimental to their health and be harmful to the environment. The biogas digester system also allows the Thai villagers to have access to fertilizer for their few crops, and even electricity. On the other hand, back in the United States, this project will be implemented in the Neighborhood Community garden to help give it electricity, which is something it currently doesn't have. This project upholds the values of Engineers of a Sustainable World as a whole, impacting not only rural villagers halfway around the world, but also local students who wish to do more for a sustainable world.
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