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November 27, 2015
From dung to BMWs at green energy plant in South Africa
Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa (AFP) Nov 24, 2015
Forty minutes east of South Africa's capital Pretoria, amid the lowing of thousands of cows and the strong stink of dung, a small factory has taken on the challenge of turning manure into energy. "Every day, 120 tonnes of manure and 66 tonnes of recycled paper are mixed in one of these tanks," Bio2Watt project manager Steven Roux said in the shadow of a looming 9,000 cubic metre vat. Also in the tank alongside the bacteria-rich dung is a steaming mix of old yoghurt, fruit juice and abattoir wast ... read more
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