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.
Smart Biogas is a monitoring system that predicts and addresses biogas digester breakdowns.
Smart Biogas is an Internet of Things platform 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 and connects failing biogas systems with local technicians.
We are working on adding remote switching functionality and a biogas pay as you go platform.
Reduced Hardware Costs
We use a ‘hub’ and ‘node’ model to reduce costs to our clients: nodes are small, modular, low-cost communication and monitoring units attached to biogas digesters. They communicate with a hub that relays information to the cloud. A hub can take information from up to 200 nodes.
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 plant performance.
As problems with biogas plants are detected, an alert will be sent directly to relevant local technicians. A full user-interface allows the technician to correctly address and easily diagnose the problem.
Smart Biogas incorporates an SMS gateway, allowing owners of biogas plants, with or without a sensor, to contact a local technician for maintenance and support. We see this as a framework as a key enabler in a growing biogas market.