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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.  

 

 

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