Ms. Lucia Petro, a wife and mother of three children, grew up in a small village of Kabila Magu district, Mwanza region, which is located in the western part of Tanzania. Ms. Lucia was one of the MSc students who was sponsored under WISE-Futures scholarship scheme, 2018 intake.
Ever since Lucia was a child, she was always fascinated on how things work and how they were made. Little did she know that her curiousity would end up making a difference to the community.
Lucia was very determined to come up with a solution to help the village she grew up from, from using firewood and charcoals due to health problems they were facing.
While in secondary school, Lucia started to realize the importance of environmental conservation to communities and she was not happy on people cutting down trees.
“I was not pleased at how our environment was polluted, it was a turning point in my life, and made me think about environmental and ecological issues caused by humans and started thinking about possible solutions.” She said
Lucia’s desire to conserve the environment led her to put more efforts into science subjects during her primary and secondary level, so she could achieve her dreams. She then applied for MSc, in Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering, her study was supported by WISE-Futures centre. She had a great interest researching on Optimization of Domestic Bio-gas Stove Burner for Efficient Energy Utilization. Her research enabled her to come up with a fantastic innovation of domestic biogas stove burner.
|The process of filing to remove sharp edge on the stove frame|
“The motive behind my today’s success of discovering bio-gas stove banner comes when I think almost 81.2 % of the rural population in Tanzania with limited access to grid power depending their entire life using firewood and charcoal for cooking.”
Lucia started her innovative idea focusing on the modification and fabrication of the existing Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). LPG burner stoves changing into biogas technology, believing the idea could result, not only
exclusively in energy generation and bio-fertilizer production, but also other social and ecological benefits.
“I am happy that I have managed to extract liquid petroleum gas to bio-gas stove burner which will be environmentally friendly but also low economic cost for many Tanzanian,” said Ms. Lucia
“This technology has the potential to contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emission. The use of biogas for cooking leads to cleanliness with no health hazard and reduce the work load of gathering firewoods,” she stressed.
According to Ms. Lucia and agriculture experts, the bio-gas stove burner is much cheaper than traditional fossil fuel. She said that biogas stove would be sold cheaper for rural women to afford, and this burner will need digesters which will be feed with animals, human or agricultural wastes as a source of energy.
|Biogas stove innovated by Ms.Lucia|