OUR CURRENT DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
The first BioEnceptionz projects in the region have being undertaken in Samoa:
- A demonstration of the use of small scale biodigesters to solve endemic sanitation problems involves two households in the residential area of Vaitele in Apia. The objective of this project done for Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) was to show that an innovative application of biodigester technologies can provide best practice on-site waste treatment of sewage (and food waste) and, as well, biogas appliances for cooking and lighting and fully treated residual wastewater for beautification gardens.
A photo gallery of this demonstration can be found here and a report here.
- A small demonstration project, funded by the British High Commission in Wellington, has being undertaken in Piu Village, a small traditional community on the south coast of Upolu. This utilised small biodigesters to show that a seriously problematic invasive weed (called Merremia) could become a source for household energy for cooking and lighting (versus locally sourced firewood), and thereby provide a practical (and compelling) reason for its control. It also means the use of modern biogas appliances for cooking saving the women and children from the daily exposure to smoke from their cooking hut fires.
A photo gallery and video of this project can be found here.
A presentation that summarises these two projects and talks about future projects can be found here.
OUR NEXT PLANNED PROJECTS
Piu Village household systems
Having demonstrated that biodigesters can produce biogas for cooking and lighting, we now want to provide six households in the village with their own systems to provide energy for cooking their evening meals and lighting. We are testing the concept of crowd funding as a means to raise the funds to do this project. Watch for the details of this project on New Zealand’s crowd funding site at www.pledgeme.co.nz .
A portfolio of showcase projects for the international SIDS Conference in 2014
We recently did a feasibility study for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that looked at the application of small-medium size biodigesters in the agriculture and food sectors in Samoa. A report on this feasibility study can be found here.
In particular, this report identified the potential to undertake a portfolio of projects that could be ready in time for the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held in Samoa in August-September 2014 (details at sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1498 ). The proposed projects in this portfolio include:
- Resource testing facility and community education and engagement centre.
- SIDS-2014 Conference site full-featured demonstration system, where green wastes from local playing fields management, local area farm residues, and community yard and streets cleanup produce biogas for power generation to charge the electric ‘people mover’ vehicles at the conference; and liquid fertiliser for beautification gardens.
- Invasive merremia (and other co-located greenwastes) to small-scale community power production for on-sale in a power purchase agreement with EPC, and liquid organic fertiliser production for community use and sale.
- Farm crop residues to negative emissions power (electricity) for on-farm use and on-sale in a power purchase agreement with EPC, as applicable, plus biochar and liquid organic fertilizer for on-farm soil enrichment.
- Residues from virgin coconut oil production to on-site use of energy (copra drying and other) and liquid organic fertiliser production for self-use and on-sale.
- Residues from chip manufacturing (taro, banana, breadfruit) and other crop processing or livestock waste, as applicable, to on-site use of energy (chip drying and other) and liquid organic fertiliser production for self-use.
- Resort sanitation, food waste and general greenwaste (lawns, plants, foliage drop) to on-site energy and liquid organic fertiliser production and use.
- Greenhouse operation greenwaste (e.g. plant nursery and flower producers, and/or hydroponics producers) to on-site energy and liquid organic fertiliser production.
- Tertiary training centre for plumbing trades and hospitality sectors, where sanitation and food wastes can produce biogas for on-site cooking facilities and liquid fertiliser.
These projects can be the core part of a delegates field visit programme. We are working hard to help the Government of Samoa to raise the necessary donor funding to make this showcase demonstration programme a reality.