|Title:||Pyrolysis of maize stover for bioethanol and biochar production|
|Research Period:||2016 - 2017|
|Supervisors:||Dr. Nicholas Kiggundu|
|Collaborator(s):||Dr. Ahamada Zziwa, Prof. Jeffrey Seaya, Dr. Florence Kiyimba Lubwamab|
aUniversity of Kentucky, Department of Chemical Engineering, USA
bAgricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Research Centre (AEATREC) –Namalere, Uganda
Globally, there is a building consensus that fossil fuels are not a sustainable source of energy for the growing world population faced with climate change challenges. Renewable energy sources, such as maize stover currently fetch no economic value thus locking out farming communities that have nothing tangible to sell to the world economy. However, maize stover could provide the next generation of fuels and/or precursors to drive bio-based economies of countries like Uganda.
|Title:||Modeling Sludge accumulation rates in pit latrines: Case of Kampala City slums|
|Research Period:||2014 – 2015|
|Supervisors:||Dr. Ahamada Zziwa and Dr. Wanyama Joshua|
|Collaborator(s):||Dr. Sudhir Pillay|
|Collaborating Institution||Water Research Commission of South Africa, KCCA and NWSC|
Inaccurate prediction of sludge accumulation rates in the pit latrines in slum areas leads to unplanned need for emptying. The conventional cost of emptying is expensive to most of the slum dwellers and so the pit users seek alternative methods of reducing fecal sludge in the pit latrines such as emptying in streams and drainage channels during the rainy season. This is very unhygienic and can cause several waterborne diseases.