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Biogas Taita Project is a social enterprise aiming to reduce our impact on the environment through the introduction of alternative energy and environmentally friendly waste management solutions.

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January 14. 2017 /

Solar Water Heating at Bura Orphanage

Last week, the Solar team has installed a 100 liter solar water heating system at St Joseph Children Home. The system was generously donated by our volunteer Anton Hilger's grandmother!
 

The children's home is taking care of 44 children in need of care anprotection with various case histories and backgrounds. St Joseph Children Home is registered Charitable children home managed by the St Joseph sisters of Mombasa located in Bura Mission. It´s the only home in Taita Taveta county that takes care of infant babies and therefore they receive cases of abandoned and neglected children from all the sub-counties in Taita Taveta County.

We would like to thank Anton Hilger's grandmother very much on behalf of the beneficiaries of the system (children and staff), and of course the solar team.
 

If you are interested in supporting communities, schools, orphanages etc in acquiring solar water heating used for washing, cooking, bathing and cleaning, reducing the need for firewood to heat the water thereby contributing to a more healthy environment, reduced deforestation and reduced living costs.

December 22. 2016 /

Burqa village biogas feasibility study in Ethiopia

By invititation of MCMDO (a French NGO) and the French Embassy in Ethiopia, Biogas Taita has undertaken a feasibility study for a biogas project in remote and rural Ethiopia. After spending a week in the area, and having met the community members and the powerful women’s group in the village, Biogas Taita, together with MCMDO has come up with a new proposal addressing the needs of the community. The project aims to bridge a 1000 year old lifestyle with sustainable renewable technology applications that match the environment, are economically feasible and efficient, fit into daily life and which will improve livelihoods, health and reduce our impact on the environment.

 

Considering the close engagement and involvement of relevant stakeholders, including the regional Government and relevant organisations, we see this project as an excellent learning and capacity building platform for everyone involved. This includes the implementing organisation MCMDO, which will internally build capacity to link its current activities to include an energy component in line with their aims to address women and children, allowing them to take a more holistic approach to their current projects and by integrating this component, leveraging off their current activities increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of their projects overall.

 

Due to the lack of feedstock which can be produced by one or few families, the biogas digester will be run by a women’s group who will collect the cowdung from the village (a practice that is already in place to use the cowdung for fertilizer). Furthermore, the digester is connected to three public toilet blocks and will be maintained by the group. The gas will be used for different purposes to be decided by the group. Ideas are to start a communal kitchen, a kiosk for tourists (there are visitors to this unique village but there is nothing there for them), to direct some to individual households as a showcase and we hope to power the milling machine which is currently out of order due to the high diesel prices.
The strong communal and collective sense of the community is a key element of the implementation of this project. Profits go to an existing community savings fund and will be allocated to further renewable energy applications and investments within the community.

 

The combination of technologies being implemented most efficiently according to their usage and source of energy will provide a powerful example of how to serve rural communities and provide off-grid access to energy resources, thereby increasing health, economy and improve their immediate living environment. The biogas is one component of addressing the needs of the community, thereby being a showcase for the technology to be introduced and implemented in other or similar contexts in the region.  

 

Burqa village feasibility study in Ethiopia

 

By invititation of MCMDO (a French NGO) and the French Embassy in Ethiopia, Biogas Taita has undertaken a feasibility study for a biogas project in remote and rural Ethiopia. After spending a week in the area, and having met the community members and the powerful women’s group in the village, Biogas Taita, together with MCMDO has come up with a new proposal addressing the needs of the community. The project aims to bridge a 1000 year old lifestyle with sustainable renewable technology applications that match the environment, are economically feasible and efficient, fit into daily life and which will improve livelihoods, health and reduce our impact on the environment.

 

Considering the close engagement and involvement of relevant stakeholders, including the regional Government and relevant organisations, we see this project as an excellent learning and capacity building platform for everyone involved. This includes the implementing organisation MCMDO, which will internally build capacity to link its current activities to include an energy component in line with their aims to address women and children, allowing them to take a more holistic approach to their current projects and by integrating this component, leveraging off their current activities increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of their projects overall.

 

Due to the lack of feedstock which can be produced by one or few families, the biogas digester will be run by a women’s group who will collect the cowdung from the village (a practice that is already in place to use the cowdung for fertilizer). Furthermore, the digester is connected to three public toilet blocks and will be maintained by the group. The gas will be used for different purposes to be decided by the group. Ideas are to start a communal kitchen, a kiosk for tourists (there are visitors to this unique village but there is nothing there for them), to direct some to individual households as a showcase and we hope to power the milling machine which is currently out of order due to the high diesel prices.
The strong communal and collective sense of the community is a key element of the implementation of this project. Profits go to an existing community savings fund and will be allocated to further renewable energy applications and investments within the community.

 

The combination of technologies being implemented most efficiently according to their usage and source of energy will provide a powerful example of how to serve rural communities and provide off-grid access to energy resources, thereby increasing health, economy and improve their immediate living environment. The biogas is one component of addressing the needs of the community, thereby being a showcase for the technology to be introduced and implemented in other or similar contexts in the region.  

 

 

December 20. 2016 /

Lecture Biogas French Lyceum Addis Ababa

Biogas Taita has given a lecture to about 30 science students at the French lyceum in Addis Ababa. The students were very keen to learn about the application of biogas technology in ‘real life’ and asked many questions.
It sparked the interest of many students in applied renewable technology in a developing context such as in their own country. 

December 18. 2016 /

Second Internship Polytechnic Students at IRUWA workshop

Polytechnic Students from Mwanda did a week internship at the workshop from 13.12 to the 17.12. Like the first group, they really enjoyed learning about solar water heating, renewable technology and applications. This time, unlike the first group, we were happy to host mostly girls interested in the technology.

From the two groups of students, two students stayed for another week as they were standing out and were very interested in becoming an employee in the workshop. Obviously, we support young talented and motivated people and we hope to soon add two new young members to the production team.

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What We Do

Biogas Taita offers a range of sustainable energy products and services including biogas technologies (human, organic and animal waste), solar water heating systems, waste-water solutions, solid waste management solutions, consultancy, project management and community led design, capacity building and training programs.


We work with farmers, schools, institutions, hospitals and hotels and recently started working on integrated waste management, water & sanitation and energy solutions in the form of Bio-Waste Centres and sanitation blocks in partnership with other NGOs, companies and the County Government.empowering the community to take action to create a more healthy living environment, while at the same time creating ‘green’ jobs ensuring project sustainability.

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Who We Are

Quirin Walter

Founder & Project Manager

Quirin is the founder of Biogas Taita Project and initiated this project in 2009, when he first arrived in Wundanyi as part of a one-year volunteers program. Quirin however had a mission and instead of leaving, he was determined to introduce, promote and start a biogas construction team in Wundanyi. Since then they have built over 350 plants and he has trained over 70 local artisans to become biogas worksmen or supervisors.

Quirin has an unique capacity to translate technology into something valuable, applicable, accessible and easy to use in the development context. His creative thinking and ability to solve problems no matter the limitations found, and within significant cost / budget restraints is remarkable and has been acknowledged by our partners who like his refreshing way of thinking and solving issues, while addressing the needs of the community or other stakeholders perfectly.

Quirin has also been the brain behind the development of our new Solar Water Heating System, which is 100% locally produced in our workshop in Wundanyi.

Fieke Geerts

Project Development Manager

Fieke is a passionate environmentalist focusing on sustainable communities and creating awareness and she worked for big NGO's such as the Australian Conservation Foundation, The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, and as coordinator for a state-wide sustainable living program for ethnic and culturally diverse communities in NSW.

Fieke spent the last two years in Kenya where she was working for the Kenyan Cross and currently in the role of project development role at Biogas Taita, setting up community-led bio-waste centres linking water & sanitation, biogas and waste management waste collection and other innovative applications biogas as part of a more sustainable future environment.

Fieke is an exceptional and creative bridge-builder between various platforms, bringing together people and applied technology, different stakeholders across multiple sectors to develop new innovative programs. Besides her strategic and project management skills, she is also a practical implementer with a 'can do' and an expert in facilitation, mobilizing and engaging communities, behaviour change theory and the actual implementation of a project working directly on the ground.
She is the strategic mind behind our projects, and has developed many partnerships aiming the combine waste management, water & sanitation and energy initiatives, driven by the community.

Emily Mkambura

Sales & Accountant

Emily is the mum of the Biogas Taita family and the smiley face of the project in town. She is our dedicated admin person and she runs the Biogas Shop located at the Stage in Wundanyi Town, so she is easy to find.! Emily can assist you with all your day to day questions, helps our fundis wherever possible, or is able to direct your requests and questions to the right people. Emily has also been with the Project from the start.
 

Carly Mwandigha

Director & Biogas Supervisor

Carly has extensive knowledge of and experience in biogas construction. He works efficiently and delivers good quality work. Carli has built many small scale farmer digesters as well as digesters for schools and our bio-waste centres. With his background as a teacher, Carly is involved as trainer for our biogas in schools program (biogas construction training for masonry students) as well as in the set-up and teaching of the biogas school clubs. Carly is easy to work with and has a great sense of humor. He is reliable and knowledgeable and a great asset to the team. He is furthermore one of the directors of Biogas Taita Limited.

 

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