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Smart Biogas

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2.7 billion people live without access to clean cooking fuels. Instead, they rely on traditional fuels and methods which are expensive health hazards.

 
 
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The Challenge

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The biogas sector, which provides an affordable and clean substitute fuel for cooking, is set for take-off in many developing countries with national targets for in place in many developing countries

The potential of biogas is being realised, yet post-installation there is a need to prevent breakdowns and malfunctions. Over 40% of the household biogas digesters surveyed in Sub-Saharan Africa have faults.

The market requires an efficient oversight mechanism with new technical expertise to provide data from inside the biogas plants to companies and national programmes. In addition, new business models are required to lessen the up-front costs for users.



 

"Access to modern energy services fulfills the basic human needs of cooking, heating, and lighting; improves productivity; and addresses the needs of everyday life in a modern society."

Household Energy Access for Cooking and Heating, World Bank, 2011

 
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Our Solution

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Smart Biogas is a monitoring system that predicts and flags biogas digester breakdowns.

As an Internet of Things platform, it is designed to monitor a large number of biogas systems over a wide geographical area at minimal cost. It collects data on the operation and functionality of biogas plants and provides automatic indicators of issues and faults occurring.

Smart Biogas provides greater transparency for the sector, fostering confidence for all stakeholders and engendering growth.

We are working on adding remote switching functionality and a biogas pay as you go platform.

 
 
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A Smart Biogas node installed near Arusha, Tanzania.

A Smart Biogas node installed near Arusha, Tanzania.

 

Features

 
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Expansive Connectivity

Smart Biogas uses a system of sensor nodes to monitor digester health. Our nodes are small, modular, low-cost communication and monitoring units attached directly to a digester’s outlet pipe. Nodes connect to the cloud via a country’s cellular network allowing for connectivity with digesters even in remote locations.

 
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State-of-the-art Software

Through machine learning algorithms, our software develops an understanding of when a biogas plant is at risk. In this way, we are able to provide unprecedented data on biogas digester performance.

 
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Stimulating Local Maintenance

Smart Biogas simplifies the process of identifying digester problems and providing technical support. Each digester on our database is stored with information on its location, volume and date of installation as well contact details for the person responsible for it. If a problem is identified, this information can readily be used to arrange repairs and get the digester back up and running.

 
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Increased Sector Confidence and Transparency

Smart Biogas seeks to improve trust and accountability across the sector to benefit all stakeholders. Our product is designed to increase confidence in biogas technologies and lead to greater uptake and a more sustainable future.