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Everest Region Set For Biogas Plant
Biogas is increasingly being seen as a viable way to dispose of waste and now authorities in Nepal have decided to set up a biogas plant in the Everest region as a way of disposing of human fecal matter from Everest Base Camp.
Human waste generated at the stopping point for those acclimatising ahead of their Everest summit attempts is currently transported down the mountain to a dump site near Lobuchhe where it’s buried.
The Kathmandu Post reported that a new solution is being investigated to better manage the waste generated by climbers.
Working with researchers from Seattle University and Kathmandu University, the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) has conducted experiments and concluded that a biogas plant is a viable way of dealing with the human waste generated at Everest Base Camp.
Following the successful tests, the organisation now plans to establish a biogas plant in the area as soon as possible.
The SPCC noted that it would help deal with the issue of cooking gas availability in the Lobuchhe area, as well as being better for the environment and reducing health hazards.
Earlier this year, The Chronicle suggested that biogas plants could offer the solution for energy shortages in third-world countries such as Zimbabwe.
They would work because they are low-cost, simple to maintain and easy to manage, the newspaper asserted. The energy generated by the plants could be used for lighting, heating and cooking, with cow dung used as the primary fuel.
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