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Startup Producing Electricity from Poisonous Plant
Founded by Mariama Mamane, a 27-yeard-old Nigerien engineering student, Jacigreen is a Burkina Faso based eco-innovative startup. Its aim: transforming water hyacinth, a poisonous plant, into an energy source and into a natural fertilizer.

Back in 2013, when she was a student at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou, Mariama Mamane discovered a way that could help solve a major environmental issue in Africa.

The idea of Jacigreen came to her when she saw how much the Niger Niver was infested with water hyacinths.

 
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Sustainable Phosphorus Recovery from Wastewater - Phosphorus is an essential element for human nutrition. It plays multiple roles in the human body, including the development of bones and teeth. Fertilizer with phosphorus, applied to crops or lawns, enables healthy growth. Without it, the basic cells of plants and animals, and life itself, would not exist. Accumulation of phosphorus can result in problems like algae blooms in lakes and other surface water bodies. In turn, algae blooms deplete oxygen from the water, affecting the delicate balance of aquatic life.


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