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.
Introduction video of the ATEC biodigestor.
There are over 12 waste-to-energy systems on the E4C Solutions Library, however, this is the first commercialized biodigestor suitable for any environment.
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Further specifications on ATEC’s impact on the SDGs.
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.
The product is patent-protected.
Users can obtain it directly by contacting the manufacturer and from its retail channels.
For 2018, 12 distributor channels are operating in Cambodia and 600 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 but the exact number is unknown.
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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. 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 comes with a user training and 5-step after-sales-service program. For further support contact the manufacturer.
System’s components are easily assembled on site.
The product has 2-years warranty and an expected lifecycle of 25 years.
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
Further details here.
Within a 2 to 3 livestock (minimum 5 kg/day of green waste) a Biodigester system provides from 500 to 1500 litres/day of biogas for cooking needs and high quality organic fertiliser for 1,5 hectare of rice and a result of 20 tons/year. Each system conserves 75 tons of GHG emissions over product lifetime and removes up to 99% of harmful bacteria when connected to the toilet.
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.
ATEC has been the Google Impact Challenge Winner in 2016, global winner in the CTI PFAN in 2017 and the Australian Government Frontier Innovators Winner in 2018, along with other prizes that can be seen in the key milestones and recognition field.
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