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Sludge from Shrimp Ponds Converted to Electricity

December 27, 2016


A pilot, $3.6 million, recirculating shrimp farm in the Mekong Delta (Bến Tre Province) converts pond sludge and other organic wastes into biogas, using methane fermentation, to generate electricity!  The electricity runs the farms aeration and air-diffuser system, and what’s left of the sludge is sent to a carbonization facility to produce charcoal, which will be used as a soil amendment.

Scientists from Japan’s Kyushu University and Vietnam’s Institute for Nanotechnology-Việt Nam National University HCM City, along with other Vietnamese universities and institutions and Japanese companies, are carrying out the project.

Information: Professor Takuya Kitaoka, Professor of Sustainable Bioresources Science, Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (email, webpage

Information: Nguyễn Văn Buội, Deputy Head of the Bến Tre Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, No. 26, 3/2 Street, 3 Precinct, Bến Tre Town, Bến Tre Province, Vietnam (Phone 84-075-822101, Fax 84-075-825294).

Information: Associate Prof Đặng Mậu Chiến, Head of the Institute for Nanotechnology-Việt Nam National University HCM City, Community 6, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Phone 84-8-3724-6823, Extension 101, Fax 84-8-37-242-163, email, webpage

Sources: 1. Vietnam News.  New Shrimp Breeding Model Produces Power.  Photo by Photo Gia Lộc.  December 22, 2016. 2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, December 22, 1916.

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