ATEC Biodigesters International
Distributed by ATEC, this biodigester converts green waste into biogas for cooking and organic fertilizer for crops and comes along with a twin cookstove and biogas rice cooker.
ATEC biodigester converts animal, organic, and kitchen waste into approximately 500 to 1500 L of biogas per day. The gas can be used for cooking and the organic byproduct is suitable to produce 20 tons of organic fertilizer per year for crops. This product is the first commercialized biodigester 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.
Mainly Cambodia. Also implemented in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Thailand and Myanmar. ATEC plans to expand to other 5 countries worldwide by 2030: India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia.
ATEC in partnership with other organisations and companies for the technical, sales and supply chain needs.
The installation of an ATEC biodigester requires an upfront cash payment of 550 USD – 650 USD including taxes (province dependent). The estimated average household payback period is 2 years when using the gas and fertilizer.
A direct competitor of this product is Homebiogas. Additionally, there can be found 12 other waste-to-energy systems on the E4C Solutions Library. This is the first commercialized biodigester suitable for any environment.
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 installments.
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 biodigester with a new rotor-molded design that uses export-quality UV-treated LLDPE plastic. The biodigesters collect and treat manure, human, kitchen, and green organic waste to be converted to biogas that powers the twin cookstove. The biodigester can be directly plumbed to the household’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, users must contact the manufacturer.
The product has a 2-years warranty and an expected lifecycle of 25 years.
The key benefits of having an ATEC biodigester are:
- Free gas for all cooking needs
- 20 tons of organic fertilizer
- 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 save an average family $521 per year.
ATEC’s main goal is to expand the biodigester to 5 countries and disseminate 1 million systems by 2030 so as to create the impact of:
9.5 trillion liters 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 fertilizer
12.4 billion USD net income increase in households
5.4 million tons of forest wood conserved
75 million tons of Greenhouse Gas reductions
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 biodigester 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 with this product.
The biodigester is complemented with the twin 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.
ATEC was 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.
Introduction video of the ATEC biodigester.
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