Wednesday, 27 June 2012
A truckload of BiogasPro 6 digesters left our factory in Blackheath, Cape Town early on Monday morning 10 June and headed north for the Namibian border.
The Kalahari farmhouse Lodge near Stampriet in Southern Namibia became the proud owners of the first Namibian AGAMA BiogasPro anaerobic digester earlier this month.
Our KZN distributor, Warren Confait had decided that he wanted to spread his network to Namibia when he made contact with Mariental Building Supplies who would be able to assist him with installations and already had a network of clients in the area.
The Kalahari Farm Lodge was chosen as his first client as they have ample feedstock for the digester and pride themselves on running a semi self sufficient enterprise.(seehttp://www.namibian.org/travel/lodging/private/kalahari-farmhouse.html) They produce a lot of their own dairy products, meat and homegrown vegetables. They milk 13 jersey cows daily which will give them an abundant supply of manure to feed the digester, generating methane rich gas. We expect yields of 2m3 or more daily with the addition of some food waste to boost gas production.
We are also excited to see what the staff and management make of the digestate which will form an important part of the farm's horticulture program. We expect them to be very impressed with the quality of the fertiliser the digester produces – nutrients are broken down in the anaerobic process into a form that is easily absorbed by the plant enhancing growth and reducing/ replacing the need for chemical fertilisers.
The excavation team were not too sure what to expect when they started to dig the 3m x 3m hole. Soon after the digging began the spades hit kalk, a common soft rock in the area. Mariental Building Supplies were quick to respond, organising a jack hammer to keep the project on track. By Sunday the hole was complete and the tank was delivered the next day. There was great excitement among the Kalahari Farmhouse staff when the digester arrived and everyone lent a hand getting it from the truck to the hole. Installation went smoothly and the digester was in by the end of the day. As we always tell our clients the digging of the hole is usually the hardest part.
Now we wait to hear how things are progressing as they prime the digester with cow manure and slowly start adding some food waste from the kitchens. Congratulations to all involved. We look forward to more biogas tales from Namibia.