LANDMARK UNIVERSITY RECORDS RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH IN ENERGY GENERATION

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has published a paper by Mr Dahunsi Samuel O. titled “Bioconversion of Tithonia diversifolia (Mexican sunflower) and Poultry Droppings for Energy Generation: Optimization, Mass, Energy and Economic Balances” in its journal, Energy and Fuel which has an impact factor of 2.835.

This publication was singled out as a novel finding because it explores the production of Biogas and Biofertilizer from the combination of poultry waste and Mexican sunflower which has not been reported anywhere prior to this time. A press release on this feat titled “Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel” appeared on the 3rd May, 2017 on the ACS’ website (www.acs.org). It was also included in the American Chemical Society (ACS) office of Public Affairs Weekly Presspac, a package of announcements that ACS sends to thousands of Journalists around the world. This release has since attracted several calls and messages from different countries that are interested in the new findings and seeking collaboration with the researchers.

Dahunsi attributed this giant feat to the collaborative effort from his research cluster group in Landmark University (Environment and Technology Research Cluster) and other colleagues in Covenant University (Professor Oranusi Solomon and Dr Efeovbokhan Vincent).

With this breakthrough in research findings, poultry meat which is a favourite, inexpensive meat across the globe has the popularity to produce lot of wastes that can pollute soil and water. Dahunsi believes that one strategy for dealing with poultry waste is to turn it into biofuel, and now he has developed a way of doing this by mixing the waste with another environmental scourge, an invasive weed that is affecting agricultural farm lands in Africa.

The application of this research from Nigeria, a country that turns out millions of tons of solid wastes annually without appropriate measures to manage them, would see reason to explore opportunities in Biogas and Biofertilizer production.

The lack of effective management of waste has led to the surge of environmental pollution evident in most major cities with its attendant outbreak and spread of disease and other environmental hazards. Nigeria’s environmental pollution dilemma is further complicated by the nation’s overdependence on fossil fuels which are not environmentally sustainable, since they are not renewable.

From the findings of this research, government at all levels, along with the private sector and in addition, the good people of Nigeria are urged to invest in the generation of renewable energies such as biogas and production of organic fertilizers as a sure way to curb environmental pollution and increase yield of crops. 

Dahunsi Samuel conducting an experiment at the Environmental Engineering Laboratory in Landmark University