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Students develop waste-converter model

R. Vimal Kumar
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Handy DEviceStudents of the Frontline Academy Matric Hr. Sec. School Home produced gas from Chicken waste.Photo:M.Balaji
Handy DEviceStudents of the Frontline Academy Matric Hr. Sec. School Home produced gas from Chicken waste.Photo:M.Balaji

A group of students from Frontline Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School here has come out with a handy waste-converter model that can turn the poultry farm wastes and meat wastes from slaughter houses into biogas.

L. Pugazharasi, A. Jagadeesshwari, Bharath Kumar, R. Satieesh and S. Chandru, all Class XI students, who developed the gadget using a bag made of strong flexible waterproofed canvas and fitted with inlet and outlet valves, told The Hindu that the project was aimed at creating awareness among poultry farm owners and farmers about generation of biogas from such wastes and thereby, keep the poultry farms and slaughter house premise free of stench.

On the methodology followed, the team leader Ms. Pugazharasi said every 50 kg of meat/poultry waste kept in the bag was added with seven kg of cow dung, one kg of sugar and 50 litres of water to produce biogas that could help burn stove for 20 minutes.

“Sugar is added in the procedure only to activate the enzymes in the waste,” she added.

R. Selvaraj, professor and head of Veterinary University Training and Research Centre under Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, whom the students consulted to learn about nomenclature of poultry wastes, opined that the students had followed only an already established technology of conversion of meat wastes into biogas but these types of easy to use/cost efficient models can be popularized to overcome the existing energy crisis.

It is aimed at creating awareness among poultry farm owners and farmers

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