ATEC Biodigesters International
Distributed by ATEC, this biodigestor converts green waste into biogas for cooking and organic fertilizer for crops and comes along with a twin cookstove, biogas rice cooker.
ATEC biodigestor converts animal, green and kitchen waste and produces 500-1500 L of biogas per day that can be used for cooking and 20 tons of organic fertilizer per year for crops. First commercialized biodigestor also suitable for earthquake and flood-prone areas, the system comes with a twin cookstove and a biogas rice cooker, along with the biodigester itself. The system requires a minimum of 2 livestock or 5 kg of green waste per day and there are two sizes available: 3,25 m3 for small-scale farmers and 10 m3 for medium-scale farms.
ATEC Biodigesters International is a triple bottom line impact entreprise operating in Cambodia.
ATEC in partnership with other organisations and companies for the technical, sales and supply chain needs.
Last-mile farming households who aspire for more modern cooking facilities and have the financial capacity to purchase a biodigester, either directly or through monthly instalments.
ATEC biodigesters use a rotor-moulded design, with export-quality UV-treated linear low density polyethylene (LLDP) plastic. Manufactured by H2O Co Ltd in Phnom Penh in Cambodia, there are two system’s capacity available: 3,25 m3 (2 m high and 1,5 m wide) for small-scale farmers and 10 m3 for medium-scale farms
The product is patent-protected.
Users can obtain it directly by contacting the manufacturer and from its retail channels.
By 2020, 12 distributor channels are operating in Cambodia and 1,400 units have been installed during pilot phase with a 98% customer satisfaction. Along with Cambodia, further units have been installed in Myanmar (10 pilot units), Indonesia, PNG and Thailand.
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Design specifications include the twin cookstove, biogas rice cooker and the biodigestor with a new rotor-moulded design that uses export-quality UV-treated LLDPE plastic. . The biodigesters collect and treat manure, human, lotchen and green waste to be converted to biogas that powers the twin cookstove. The biodigestor is directly plumbed to the househol’s toilet system.
ATEC Biodigestor with toilet connection. Schematics designed by EWB Australia.
The product comes with a user training and 5-step after-sales-service program. For further support contact the manufacturer.
The product has 2-years warranty and an expected lifecycle of 25 years.
The key benefits of having an ATEC biodigestor are:
- Free gas for all cooking needs
- 20 tons of organic fertiliser
- Modern kitchen, no smoke or dirty pots
- Can be easily moved when and where required
- Export-quality materials, leading Australian design
- 2-year warranty, after sales service, 25 year life span
- Flood and high groundwater resistant
By having a biodigester an average Cambodian family will saving an average family $521 per year.
ATEC’s main goal is to expand the biodigestor to 5 countries and disseminate 1 million systems by 2030 so as to create the impact of:
9.5 trillion litres of eco-friendly renewable biogas (51 million MwH equivalent)
24.6 billion hours saved from collecting and using wood
1/2 billion tons of organic fertiliser
12.4 billion USD net income increase in households
5.4 million tons of forest wood conserved
75 million tons of Greenhouse Gas reductions
A payback of 16 USD for every 1 USD spent on the unit
Tests performed by Engineers without Borders Australia found an average reduction in E. Coli pathogen level of 2-log order, between input and output E-Coli levels, es expected for an anaerobic biodigester.
Engineers without Borders Australia
ATEC biodigestor aims to reduce the potential health risks linked to the burning of traditional biomass and domestic accidents such as accidental burning or spill-overs in traditional open fires cookstoves. No known safety concerns can be associated to this product.
The biodigestor is complemented with the twing cookstove and the biogas rice cooker.
Buskauskas K., Koolhof K., Kim P., King M., 2017, Small-scale wastewater treatment technologies for challenging environments, Engineers Without Borders Australia and Engineers Without Borders New Zealand, Australia and New Zealand.
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