Biogas production from campus biomass
At the campus of the Zamorano University for Life Sciences in Honduras, FACT is supporting a biogas project.
At the campus of Zamorano University for Life Sciences in Honduras, 1100 international students follow a special study program. For 50% of their time they are studying theory and in the other 50% of their time they apply the knowledge in practice.
Students are active in agriculture, horticulture, livestock and agri-processing. All these processes produce organic residues (fruit pulp, waste foods, grasses, manure, cuttings, etc.). These residues are fed to 4 medium sized (25m3) biogas bag digesters and co-fed with water from the lagunes for campus waste water treatment. The biogas is being used to produce electricity for the University Campus and for cooking. The digester effluent will be used as organic fertilizer.
The project is part of the recently established Zamorano Institute for Renewable Energy. Besides the practice of producing bioenergy, students will also learn from and experiment with biogas production as well as perform their thesis research on anaerobic digestion. Students will spread over almost all Latin American countries after graduating and their acquired knowledge on anaerobic digestion will sure be replicated elsewhere.