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    October 20 - CEESD and GlobalResolve – an NGO within Arizona State University – have begun research into gel ethanol production and dissemination in Ghana. The main objective is to develop strategies for large scale production and utilization of gel ethanol as a cooking fuel and as a substitute to woodfuels and LPG in households and institutions in Ghana.

    Gel ethanol is obtained by mixing ethanol with a thickening agent and is seen as a potential clean substitute for woodfuels and LPG in Ghana. It burns with a clean blue flame, and its promotion as a household cooking fuel on a national scale is expected among other benefits to reduce:  indoor air pollution which kills an estimated 1.5 million people globally (mostly women),  reliance on traditional biomass, greenhouse gas emissions, and the rate of degradation of natural vegetation.

    The project involves production of ethanol and subsequent gelling into gel fuel, development of cheap and sustainable gelling agents locally, design and fabrication of efficient and affordable gel ethanol stoves, market analysis, and development of enterprise-based promotion of gel ethanol.

    Our climate change awareness programme continued with the second in the series held at the St. Louis College of Education. The seminar was attended by over 500 students.The Lecture which was delivered by the solar systems and climate change coordinator of CEESD, KNUST, David Ato Quansah, touched on the causes of climate change, evidence of climate change, mitigation and more importantly adaptation techniques.

    The lecture laid emphasis on the role teachers/educators are expected to play in the development and implementation of educational and public awareness programmes on climate change and its effects. It touched on how climate change is affecting our life – our economic prosperity, our health and other welfare – and how all of us together can save the environment for our benefit and for posterity.

    CEESD and GlobalResolve have started demonstration of twig light in two communities in Ghana – Dormeabra and Akawli in  Asante Akim and Yilo Krobo district respectively. The device, invented by Michael Pugliese of Arizona State University, consists of a thin thermoelectric generator sandwiched  between a heat source and a heat sink. The heat sink is connected to cold water while the heat source is connected to burning coal or charcoal. The temperature difference created by the heat source and the heat sink provides power that drives the generator. The device is able to generate 5 volts of electricity which is enough to power LEDs and enough to light a room. Several prototypes of the twig light have been demonstrated at Dormeabra and Akawli. Most participants said they would buy a twig light if it fell within the range Gh¢ 10 – 15. A few quoted Gh¢ 5 as an affordable price for the twig light.  Kingsford Agyekuma, a teacher at Dormeabra Junior High School, suggested the development of supports for the twig light. He also asked the designers to develop materials capable of conserving heat for longer periods.

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    The Centre for Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development (CEESD) is a non-for-profit organisation devoted to technologies that offer engineering solutions to global challenges such as climate change, energy poverty, environmental degradation, and pollution on local communities in Ghana and Africa.

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