Integrated design of Bio-energy reactor to produce electricity from high purity bio-gas.
Explain your idea in details:
This idea of mine is an integration of two not so different ideas, First purified biogas production and second the electricity production using it. So, I design a bioreactor which would produce high purity biogas for electricity production and would produce enough gas which could be used for other common primary uses of biogas. Now, there are some other key elements which produce a large quantity of biogas, use of solar energy to cover the energy required to make the process more efficient and gas purifying compartment.Basically, this modified reactor would contain sensors and automatic computational support which would make the process of handling the bioreactor very easy and user-friendly.There would be an app to monitor, control and keep track of the ongoing and previous process via Bluetooth, wifi(if the user is in a specific range ) or the Internet, and if the system and the user is connected to the company's server via internet then we would monitor and help user in any difficulty and would store the data for further development and assistantship.This reactor could solve sanitation, waste management and sustainable energy problems in the world if it gets the opportunity of its share.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Biogas technology, the generation of a combustible gas from anaerobic biomass digestion, is a well-known technology. But there is need of an integrated system to produce highly purified biogas as well as electricity with decent efficiency and this technology would solve many problems associated with the rural population in any area of the world such as the absence of clean and sustainable energy, bad sanitation practices and expensive cooking gas. So, in my opinion, this modified bioenergy reactor would be very useful for all type of communities, farmers, and it would ultimately help us to develop better and productive waste management systems and better and efficient bioenergy production with manure as a byproduct which would encourage farmers to adopt organic farming and maintain the productivity and quality of farm soil. I also tried to keep the build cost of the reactor as low as possible to make it economically possible for an average person. It would basically be targeted towards the people who live in an area where they can not get access to the proper sanitation facilities and have not so great power supplies. So, this bioreactor would be a very helpful thing to invest in for any group of the community as it solves many problems and someday will make our lives more efficient and decently sustainable.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
As this idea is in its initial phase and has been developed till its theoretical design, I need some initial funding to convert this theoretical design in a fully working prototype, and if the investors find this prototype promising I expect of getting an another set of funding to set up a workshop to manufacture initial set of 30 bioreactors and monitor their performance in the real world scenarios and get user feedback and suggestions to develop it further more and if we find it promising we would require another round of a bit larger investment to set up bigger manufacturing unit and get initial contracts from government organisations and other organisation who help the unprivileged section of the population.So, using this kind of business approach we and investors will be sure whether to take this business to the next level or not. I would try to raise all the investments and Fundings through big investors, venture capitalist firms and government.
As a teenager, I always loved as a subject Biology but used it as a motivation and this led me to choose Biotechnology for my undergraduate degree. So, right now I am studying my final year at Dr D.Y. Patil Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Institute, Pune. And while studying here I worked with my professors on different projects one of them was “Identification of E.coli from multidrug-resistant coliforms isolated from the water of Khadakwasla dam and determination of their level of resistance towards different antibiotics.” And in my third year This same idea of “Modified Bioenergy Reactor” got selected through Ideathon contest and got a chance to attend Noble Prize series-2017 which were collaboratively organised by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and Nobel Media AB (Noble prize organisation), Sweden and also I was one of two nominees for the Anvershan Award-2017 through Dr D. Y. Patil University, Pune organised at NIMS University, Jaipur and organised and sponsored by the Research Division of Association of Indian Universities.