From cow to electricity: Using biogas beyond cooking and lighting in Ethiopia


Biogas elecric generator being tested in Sebeta town, Ormia (Photo:ILRI Solomon Gizaw) Biogas electric generator being tested in Sebeta town, Ormia (photo credit:ILRI Solomon Gizaw).

Tadesse Abebe, a farmer with a medium-sized dairy farm in Sebeta, in Ethopia’s Oromia region has installed a biogas plant with a 10 m3 pit digester producing about 4 m3 of biogas per day. Biogas is increasingly becoming a low-cost alternative energy source since only an estimated 12% of the Ethiopian population is connected to the national electricity grid. Ethiopia’s biomass energy resource potential is considerable and includes biogas generated from agro-processing industries and livestock residues. With 77% of the country’s farmers owning cattle, many Ethiopians are eligible for biogas installation.

Accordingly, the current Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) targets to install 25,000 domestic biogas plants in rural Ethiopia, mainly in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNP) regions. Besides providing alternative energy, biogas plants also provide crop fertilizer, help manage dairy waste…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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