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Toxic lake turned power source in Rwanda

Julia Henrichmann
November 16, 2016

Rwanda is the world's first country getting power from a lake - and averting a natural catastrophe at the same time.

Kivusee Ruanda Afrika Methan
Image: DW/J.Henrichmann

Rwanda's Lake Kivu contains a dangerously high concentration of methane gas due to nearby volcanic activity. Extracting the gas could save the lake and provide an economic opportunity for the electricity-starved country.