Blogs & Posts on Hydragas' Development of Lake Kivu
A selection of stories about Lake Kivu issues
Welcome to select Lake Kivu blogs and posts. This is a diverse choice of opinion, writings, musings, tributes and even rants triggered by related topics. Scan through posts below for topics from climate change, technical explanations, the gorillas of Virunga, social changes and personalities.
I share a passion with many Rwandans, Congolese, international travellers and experts for Lake Kivu and its splendours. We are all drawn to it. But Lake Kivu is a special and almost mystical environment, unique for its nature. Indeed, legends have grown around attempts to explain the lake’s resource treasure and how it behaves. Yet sometimes it presents itself as dark, moody, deadly and stormy.
Two live volcanoes define it. Just 10,000 years ago they turned the waters from being the source of the Nile River to flowing south and west through the Congo River to the Atlantic. From its waters at night one sees the red glow from Mt Nyiragongo’s lava bubbling in the caldera. At other times the lake is calm and bright, a mirror-calm surface that defies its great depths and often violent history.
Getting recognition for a Top 1000 Climate solution requires extensive proof and investigation of that
Getting recognition by a prestigious sustainability label goes some way to assuring investors that a solution has good standing
Can we produce ethanol from Lake Kivu in addition to methane? If so, how? Methane is the primary energy form in the lake, which
Lake Kivu’s extraordinary cleantech investment potential is complicated by being a niche opportunity, straddling several categories but not neatly fitting one. We must label it in a way that attracts investment.
What does it take to help a country make a transition to sustainable cooking energy? Why would the people change their tradition? What then
Can countries make a rapid move into a net-zero, clean energy future? Most cannot, as there’s too much inertia. Germany tried with Energiewende, but has not got there. Rwanda can get there within five years with the use of a key technology deployment.
The world’s experts on Lake Kivu’s gas extraction methods and safety requirements met in Switzerland and then Denmark from 2007 to 2009 to draft the lake’s rules-of-use.
The Hydragas Team
Founder & CEO
Canadian: 30-yrs global mining, energy projects lead
Fluor O&G lead in Africa, Global O&G lead at Hatch, Megaproject leader Mining, O&G, LNG, Nuclear
Innovator & global expert gas-from-water extraction
South African, 15-years with Kivu project, engineering team leader
16 years Africa experience in EPCM resource projects
Engineering leadership in top international EPCMs
Australian: 30-year in O&G, power generation technology GE, Shell
Business development lead gas-sep. tech, clean energy
Renewables in Australasia
Rwandan: Civil/Structural engineer for 20 years.
International projects in South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, East Africa.
Kivu Feasibility study, detail design, construction plan.
Fractional CFO – Vancouver based financial, management consulting & start-up advisory.
Clients are technology companies that are scaling up – Seed through Series B