Articles tagged with: education

The New Alchemy (biogas) Needs a Boost

The New Alchemy (biogas) Needs a Boost


If you want to change mindsets about renewable energy, there's no better place to start than in schools. So I was fascinated to hear about work being done on biogas in remote schools in the Eastern Cape.

See:  http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2012/10/02/the-new-alchemy-needs-a-boost

Using Wastewater for Banana and Biogas Production

Using Wastewater for Banana and Biogas Production

Extracted from BORDA Southern Africa/ SADC website:

 

Wherever people live, they need water and wherever water is consumed there is generation of wastewater (or sewage).Wastewater can originate from washing processes or transportation like in flush toilets. It can contain soap residues, organic waste, soil, urine and excreta, animal waste and chemicals.Not all wastewater is per se dangerous. As long as wastewater is untreated, it contains a large quantity of plant nutrients and is therefore both, a source for irrigation and a replacement of other forms of fertilizer.

Engineering Students comment on biogas

Engineering Students comment on biogas

Paul Mesarcik, an engineering student at UCT came to do an internship with us at the beginning of the year. Paul is involved with an NPO called Engineers Without Borders, run entirely by volunteer engineering students with the aim of improving disadvantaged and poor communities through local projects undertaken by the volunteers. Paul was involved in a project installing a biogas digester in Khayelitsha and after all the challenges he faced implementing that project, he realised what an advantage prefabricated digesters have over the brick and mortar ones also available in South Africa. 

A visit by all the staff to our manufacturers

A visit by all the staff to our manufacturers

We have been blessed with an incredibly adaptable, innovative manufacturer, 4EVR plastics who have been manufacturing our digesters since 2010. We decided to take everyone from our offices to visit them and see digester manufacture in action.

Farmers at Bien Donne Agri Cape Week excited about biogas

The theme of the popular Western Cape Agricultural show this year was "Change for Sustainability" demonstrating the new willingness of the agricultural industry to embrace the low impact farming practices discerning consumers demand both in South Africa and abroad. Of course our biogas digesters had to be there to show farmers that they don't have to spend a fortune to turn their waste into a valuable resource. 

Internships at AGAMA Biogas

Internships at AGAMA Biogas

We have been very fortunate to have had three UCT students with us over the 2011 - 2012 year end period.  We all had a lot of fun! Here's a quick tribute to them and the work they did so well ...

Biogas user survey

Biogas user survey

Over the period November 2011 - January 2012, we approached twenty of our customers in and around Cape Town to participate in a survey relating to how well their digester is working.  These are the results ...

Chinese Biogas Manual

Chinese Biogas Manual

China are the clear world leaders in biogas technology, and after reading some of this document it is clear why.

 

Biogas in Rural Schools

Biogas in Rural Schools

Rural schools lend themselves very well to integrated biogas soultions...