Here is another breakthrough to address the crave for alternative fuel. Thanks to the Bill Gates Foundation, Kartik Chandran of the Columbian University is currently running a plant which will transform waste sludge into useful industrial fuel, methane and biodiesel with the aid of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Ghana-based Waste Enterprisers.
This is a nine-month old project that should help improve the environmental health in the urban area of sub-Saharan Africa as well, a place where diarrhea has claimed about 1.8 million lives annually. With the new process, not only does this help clean up the region from unwanted and unhealthy waste, it generates a new line of fuel which should overly be useful to them and the world.
Cheaper fuel would clearly be a welcome addition in the region, but more important are the environmental and health consequences that would benefit so many residents.