ADRA Cold Climate Biodigester

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

ADRA Cold Climate Biodifester is a biodigester that uses straw and manure to produce biogas inside a fermenter compartment insulated with rice-shell ash or an equivalent material.

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The Cold Climate Biogas Plant is designed and implemented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to operate in harsh climates that would incapacitate traditional plants. The digester is a fixed dome, in-ground concrete design and is part of a larger system that includes a greenhouse. The system is low cost and built for households in developing countries.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

ADRA operates in more than 118 countries around the world like North Korea, Nepal, Mongolia, Buthan, northern China, the Caucasus region and the east block countries.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

ADRA has partnered with the Thermal Institute of the Austrian National Academy of Sciences in the development and implementation of the product. The academy has promoted and replicated the design throughout the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (North Korea). Other NGOs also develop the plant in Nepal and Afghanistan including the UNDP.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

~500 – 800 USD depending on local prices for a 5 m3 system. Interest-free loans are available through ADRA for regions with very cold climates. In many cases the construction material is provided by ADRA or through a government agency. Typically, the beneficiary contributes the labor for the project and ADRA provides the training and instructional materials. Users receive assistance from ADRA during the process where needed.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Primary competitors include Flexi Biogas, SimgasSistema Biobolsa and ARTI.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

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