Biogas Basics

Biogas originates from bacteria in the process of bio-degradation of organic material under anaerobic (without air) conditions. The natural generation of biogas is an important part of the biogeochemical carbon cycle. Methanogens (methane producing bacteria) are the last link in a chain of micro-organisms which degrade organic material and return the decomposition products to the environment.

Charcol Stove

Biogas Stove

Biogas Stove
In this process biogas is generated, a source of renewable energy (Source: Biogas Digest, Volume 1).image
Modified Camartec Design (MCD) Biogas plant model

Low cost energy for cooking and lighting
Savings of up to 375,000Tshs =$ 300 on annual energy expenditure for an average house holder by replacing firewood and charcoal.

Less Laborious
Women in rural areas will be spared the burden and time together firewood up to two hrs daily for other economic activities.

No smoke or odour
Reduce indoor pollution avoiding respiratory and eye diseases caused by the smoke inherent to traditional cooking.

Job creation
Masons will be trained in biogas plant construction, after sales management and business development support.

Improved Agriculture
Bio-slurry is a powerful fertilizer, which is better than cow manure and expensive industrial fertilizers.

Sanitation and Improvement
Cattle dung is no longer stored in the farm yard, but is fed directly to the biogas digester

Environmental Protection
Reducing fire wood use and emissions of green house gas .cattle under zero-grazing condition reduce overgrazing