Biogas Plants for 9000 Families

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    Cow dung and water gets mixed in the inlet. The inscription on the inlet serves transparency reasons. The tracking-unique-identity-code is also helping to keep quality standards up. 'myc' stands for myclimate.

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    The project installs domestic biogas plants in around 10.000 rural households in Karnataka State, India. The biogas installations are fed with animal dung and kitchen wastewater.

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    Beneficiaries constructing the digester with help of bricklayers of SKG.

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    The biogas digesters use a simple, but effective and well tested technology.

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    Biogas flows directly from the digester through the cable into the house. This couple is very happy with its biogas plant.

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    Cooking on the new cooker using the gas from the biogas plant. “We used 2-3 hours to collect fire woods every day. With biogas, it is very easy to prepare food.'

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    Traditional inefficient cook stove as it was used before cooking with biogas (cooking situation without project).

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    Without a biogas plant, it takes women 2-4 hours to collect firewood every day.

The installation of domestic biogas plants substitutes the use of firewood and chemical fertilizers in the Karnataka region. In addition to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and less degradation of the forest people directly profit from higher crop yields and less indoor pollution. Moreover, the project will also reduce methane emissions from cattle manure.

7,600 biogas plants installed
7,600
biogas plants installed
470 tonnes of chemical fertilizer avoided by bio fertilizer
470
tonnes of chemical fertilizer avoided by bio fertilizer
100,000 tonnes of wood not being deforested
100,000
tonnes of wood not being deforested

The project installs domestic biogas plants in over 9,000 rural households in Karnataka State, India. The biogas installations are fed with animal dung and kitchen wastewater. The generated gas is then used for cooking. In addition, the slurry of the remaining manure serves as high quality fertilizer replacing chemical products. Traditionally, domestic energy needs for cooking in the project area are met with firewood and kerosene. The inefficient cook stoves that people traditionally use have a thermal efficiency of only eight to ten percent. Low family incomes make it impossible for local people to substitute this traditional fuel. This led already to a degradation of the forest cover in the districts. Moreover, domestic biogas installations have positive sustainable development effects such as alleviating the workload for women and children and easing health problems caused by indoor pollution. The biogas unit will be of either two or three cubic metre capacity depending on the number and type of cattle owned by the household and the number of people in the household.

7,600 biogas digesters have been constructed and handed over to families since the beginning of the project.

The project will result in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission savings in the following ways: The biogas will displace GHG emissions from kerosene and fuel wood that are currently used for cooking. The biogas produced from cattle manure is a renewable source of energy. The biogas will displace GHG emissions from cattle manure that is currently dumped in pits near the household. The cattle manure is dumped along with other waste such as straw from the cow shed, some kitchen waste, crop residues and other organic matter and liquids in the pit. This organic waste is never dry and does not get mixed therefore animal waste is decaying anaerobically and emitting methane.

Me and my kids had to spend 4 hours each day to collect firewood. Now, it takes us just 20 minutes to produce biogas. There is no smoke in my house anymore and I get a great fertilizer for growing our vegetables. 
Rani, Soumpura Village

The biogas technology is tried and tested in rural India. SKG Sangha, an Indian non-governmental organisation, will implement the project. SKG Sangha has already successfully implemented over 100,000 biogas units in India over the last 18 years.

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IMPACTS AND BENEFITS:

  • 44'000 beneficiaries
  • 7,600 biogas plants
  • 100,000 t wood saved and therefore not being deforested
  • 470 t chemical fertilizer avoided by bio fertilizer in 2015
  • 2.3 hours per day being saved by a family thanks to the plant
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