Rwanda energy: electricity from methane in Lake Kivu

gas power plant from Kibuye Lake Kivu 417.JPG

Lake Kivu, between Rwanda and the DR Congo, is an “exploding lake”. CO2 and methane dissolved in the deep water – as a result of nearby volcanic activity – cause “massive biological extinctions about every thousand years”, according to Wikipedia.

Last year a power plant opened to use the methane for electricity production. I only managed to get this distant photo.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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