1. Bio-gas waste to energy extracting technologies for Kampala, Uganda and the East African region.
Published on June 3, 2016 um 11:52
Explain your idea in details:
The objectives of this business idea are to provide access to toilets, as it is noted that out of 35 million Ugandans only 4 million have access to toilets. Second objective is to increase access to electricity from the current 17% of 35 million people by using human waste as a fuel to generate it. Third objective is to increase access to fertilizer from the current 10% 0f 28 million people, hence leading to increased crop yields which guarantees food security. It should be noted that the fertilizer is got from the remaining waste residue after the electricity making process. Lastly another objective is to help combat climate change in the entire East African region, while promoting economic development through the use of human waste as a fuel in the generation of electricity, which is considered a clean energy. The activities of this business include the designing of the bio-gas waste to energy extracting technologies, seeking permission from the relevant authorities on installing them in our selected market segments, then installing them in urban slums, market institutions, trading centers with huge populations but hardly any toilet or waste disposal unit. When they are installed in urban slums, the technologies help in the process of harvesting bio-gas a clean energy, which is used for cooking, lighting and electricity generation. The technologies with the aide of pipes are connected to various homesteads around homes and the locals start to use biogas for their basic energy needs. The innovative approaches include the designing of bio-digesters, where human waste goes then in the absence of oxygen; bio-gas is formulated in a few days and is given off for basic energy purposes. In addition to this this same process helps turn the waste into organic fertilizer. Furthermore as another approach to providing electricity on a larger scale than
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
As a start up enterprise our target and ongoing process is to install 100 bio-gas waste to energy extracting technologies in the capital city of Uganda which is Kampala by 31st/December 2016. This will help solve the people to toilet usage ratio in the city from the current 3000:1 and increase the number of toilets from the current 1000 to 1100. Success will be evaluated by the number of people using the toilets and we estimate at least 500 people to use each toilet per day, thereby providing and increasing access to toilets to 500,000 slum dwellers per day Second target is to provide at ensure that at least 500 homes in urban slums have access to energy for cooking, lighting and electricity generation by 31st/December/2016. Success will be evaluated by the number of homes and people that are actually connected to bio-gas and are using it for their basic energy needs. Third target is to provide at least 1000 farmers, through their farmer associations organic fertilizer made from human waste in order to increase their crop yields by 31st/June /2017. This will be evaluated by the number of contracts signed with the association and number of kilograms of fertilizer sold to every association. In addition to the above, as we also design and intend to provide megawatts of electricity on the national grid trough using human waste as fuel and the combination of bio-gas harvesting and pyrolysis technologies . This electricity will go a long way in enhancing infrastructural, industrial development their improving the countrys Gross Domestic Product. Further this project will act as a demonstration proving that once its done here in Uganda it can be done elsewhere in the entire hub of Africa.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Start-up is currently operating under a hybrid business model, where aside from operating with a for profit motive, we are also seeking for grants from donors as what we are in the process of doing is creating social impact. Our business model is to make and install the bio-gas waste to energy extracting technologies in different urban slums. Once this is done, for every waste to energy extracting technology installed, we intend to charge $0.11/person/session per day as they use them as a toilet service to deposit their human waste.
The technology then harvests clean energy from what is known as bio-digesters, which energy is provided to the households connected to the bio-digesters from which they derive energy for cooking, lighting and all at an affordable fee unlike the expensive charcoal.
After this process our well planned model is to collect this waste from each bio-digester and this waste taken to what we call a biomass power plant, where the process of pyrolysis is started. This waste is dried to harvest excessive amounts of electricity, which is connected to the national grid and sold to the government at $0.55/kWh
The plan is to ensure that 55% of the profits that will be gained from the 100 toilets are injected back into the project and used to increase more toilet access and similar projects replicated in other slums and different parts of the country.
The collaborators of this project include Kampala city council Authority, other relevant city authorities that are involved in providing guidance and permits to enable us successfully kick off the projects, where we intend to operate. Furthermore we also have an engineering, technical, legal, entrepreneurial team that is responsible for ensuring that every aspect of the business model, from start to finish is covered.
Joel is a 27 year old Entrepreneur born in Kampala Uganda in the East African region on the 18th October 1988. He has a business degree attained from one of Africas best Universitys, Makerere University and is currently a certified World Bank Low Emissions investment planner for developing countries. His role is to create awareness on climate change, provide solutions to this challenge and most importantly promote the use of various climate smart technologies that can effectively deal with this problem in Africa. While promoting climate smart technologies that can effectively deal with climate change, Joel has ensured that in promoting projects to this effect, they have contributed to improving communitys livelihoods and infrastructure development. A case point scenario is seen where it is reported that close to 60% of greenhouse gas emissions in the in Africa come from the generation of energy, electricity using fossil fuels. This is where my motivation is derived from, while most of the people from the African continent sit back and cry over what they perceive as unchangeable problems. I am motivated by the challenges I see every day in the East African region and the African continent, simply because great businesses, economic opportunities spring from such challenges. An example is clearly seen where waste management is a problem that affects 3quarters of the African economies because they lack viable solutions. Joel was awarded a grant of $10,000 by the SABMILLER group in business competition that was held under a program called Kick start in Uganda, a business competition held across various African countries. The funds provided were to help start realization of this idea in the smallest way possible. https://web.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=197283513792687&story_fbid=458657047655331&_rdr
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