June 20, 2008

Case Western Reserve EDM student's work in Africa to be featured this weekend on CNN International

Joseph  Adelegan

The economic development work of Joseph Adelegan, Ph.D., and the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) at Case Western Reserve University will be featured in a documentary airing for the first time June 21-22 on CNN International.

"Principal Voices. Economics of Energy," sponsored by CNN in association with Shell, Time and Fortune Magazine, will examine the work by Adelegan in his native Nigeria to remove harmful waste while simultaneously providing energy to a population with limited access to energy.

Adelegan, a civil and structural engineer, is currently a student in the Executive Doctor of Management (EDM) program at Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management.

The program, titled "Power to the Poor: Off-Grid Lighting from Cassava Waste in Nigeria," was awarded a $250,000 grant from World Bank by being named one of the best projects in Africa.

According to Adelegan, Nigeria produces over 20 percent of the world's output of cassava, an important food crop in the tropics that provides the third largest source of carbohydrates for human food. However, waste from cassava refining is a major public health problem in Nigeria, causing water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Working with BAWB, Adelegan and the Global Network for Environment and Economic Development Research in Nigeria, which he founded and heads, have teamed with Biogas Technology Research Group of Thailand to design and operate sustainable biogas plants.

Through innovative biogas technology, zero emission bioreactors at the plants treat the cassava waste and produce biogas which drives microturbines for low cost, safe and reliable off-grid efficient lighting to thousands of rural homes.

Principal Voices. Economics of Energy

Additionally, the technology and plants are cost effective with low operational and maintenance costs and a considerable anticipated return on investment Creating what Adelegan sees as a virtuous cycle of sustainability: removing waste, providing energy, and stimulating the economy.

"Principal Voices. Economics of Energy" will air three times Saturday, June 21 (6 a.m., 2p.m. and 7p.m. in all regions) and once Sunday, June 22 (6a.m., all regions) on CNN International. Check local listings for channel information.

Learn more about "Power to the Poor" and Joseph Adelegan

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, June 20, 2008 12:38 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, Energy, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Students, Weatherhead School of Management, international, news

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