ARTI Biogas Plant
Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI)
The ARTI biogas plant is a system that converts food waste into methane rich gas. The system is compact for urban use, suitable for both cities and farms, and designed to handle high-calorie feedstock such as leftovers, spoiled food and other kitchen waste, green leaves and other starches and sugars rather than manure or human waste.
India is the target region of the system.
ARTI is the distributor of the system.
Approximately $156 USD (10,000 INR).
Trained individuals, households and private enterprises are the target users.
ARTI builds the digesters from off-the-shelf plastic storage tanks and third-party plumbing kits and biogas stoves supplied by Samuchit Enviro-Tech (SET) Pvt. Ltd.
Users can obtain a system from ARTI or build the system themselves from off-the-shelf parts.
ARTI has installed 1000 systems since 2003 and installs 30-50 per month. The organization guesses that 1000 more have been built from DIY instructions.
Product Dimensions: 1.4 m x 1.4 m x 2.5 m
Installation time: 3-4 hours by one person
Technical support is provided by ARTI.
Replacement parts can be found off the shelf from third-party suppliers.
The system is designed to output 500g of methane for every 2kg of feedstock.
Independent academic research performed in Tanzania found that 2kg of kitchen produces is able to produce about 200 liters of biogas. It was also estimated that plant could be fed 5kg/day producing 670 liters of biogas per day. The researchers recommended that additional customer service and training be available for the ARTI system due to frequent system failures resulting from lack of education and assistance. Performance details can be found at build-a-biogas-plant.com, ARTI, and Howtopedia.
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland; Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec)
Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Institute of Biotechnology, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland
Ardhi University, Environmental Science and Management Department, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Extreme caution is necessary when working with biogas. Adequate ventilation, appropriate precautions, good work practices, and adequate personal protective equipment will minimize the dangers associated with biogas. Wherever possible, digester-associated tasks and maintenance should be performed without anyone having to enter confined spaces, including pits.
Biogas use products are available on the market including: stoves, commercial burners, water heaters and gen-sets.
 Voegeli, Y., Lohri, C., Kassenga, G., Baier, U., Zurbrugg, C., Technical and biological performance of the ARTI compact biogas plant for kitchen waste-case study from Tanzania. Paper presented at the Twelfth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium; 2009; Sardinia, Italy.
 Lungkhimba, H.M., Karki, A.B., Shrestha, J.N., Biogas production from anaerobic digestion of biodegradable household wastes. Nepal Journal of Science and Technology. 2010;11:167-172.
 Austin, G., Morris, G., Biogas production in Africa. Bioenergy for sustainable development in Africa. Netherlands: Springer Netherlands; 2012. p 103 – 115.
 Rahman, M., Paatero, J.V., A methodological approach for assessing potential of sustainable agricultural residues for electricity generation: South Asian perspective. Biomass and bioenergy. December 2012;47:153-163.
 Karve, A.D., Karve, P., Kulkarni, G., A new compact biogas system based on sugary/starchy feedstock. Energy for sustainable development. March 2005;9(1):63-65.
 Agrahari, R., Tiwari, G.N., The production of biogas using kitchen waste. International journal of energy science. December 2013;3(6)408-413.
Independent laboratory and field analyses were carried out. The methane content in the biogas was determined by Biogas Analyzer Gas Board-3200P.
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