Can Biogas be a viable energy solution for rural households and farms?

The presentation will analyse the Ilembe Biogas Project implemented on behalf of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in order to ascertain whether the technology is acceptable, viable and affordable to rural farmsteads. The presentation will document the process followed to install the 26 six cubic meter biogas digesters using local builders following an intensive selection and training programme. The presentation will also document:

  • Challenges faced during the rollout
  • Success factors
  • Attitude of stakeholders including the community towards the technology

Key Speakers

Nick Alcock, Khanyisa Projects

Nick Alcock is a Civil Engineer with a Masters in Infrastructure and Sustainable Development from UCT. Nick has been working in the sustainable and community development field for over 20 years. Particular focus areas include:

– Municipal water loss management and customer service

– Sustainable irrigation systems including ram pumps, gravity and rainwater harvesting

– Alternative energy solutions with a particular focus on biogas

– Alternative sanitation solutions including composting of sludge and black soldier fly technology

– Contractor support and development during rollout of projects

– Projects that Nick has worked on that have been recognized or received awards:

– EThekwini Water and Sanitation awareness programme received the Impumelelo Award for Innovation and Community Upliftment in 2000 and 2006

– Cato Manor Green Retrofit received the Eskom ETA Award in October 2013

– Ilembe Rural Biogas project received a SANEA Energy Award in 2014

Can Biogas be a viable energy solution for rural households and farms?

 

The presentation will analyse the Ilembe Biogas Project implemented on behalf of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in order to ascertain whether the technology is acceptable, viable and affordable to rural farmsteads. The presentation will document the process followed to install the 26 six cubic meter biogas digesters using local builders following an intensive selection and training programme. The presentation will also document:

Challenges faced during the rollout

Success factors

Attitude of stakeholders including the community towards the technology

Key Speakers

Nick Alcock

Nick Alcock is a Civil Engineer with a Masters in Infrastructure and Sustainable Development from UCT. Nick has been working in the sustainable and community development field for over 20 years. Particular focus areas include:

Municipal water loss management and customer service

Sustainable irrigation systems including ram pumps, gravity and rainwater harvesting

Alternative energy solutions with a particular focus on biogas

Alternative sanitation solutions including composting of sludge and black soldier fly technology

Contractor support and development during rollout of projects

Projects that Nick has worked on that have been recognized or received awards:

EThekwini Water and Sanitation awareness programme received the Impumelelo Award for Innovation and Community Upliftment in 2000 and 2006

Cato Manor Green Retrofit received the Eskom ETA Award in October 2013

Ilembe Rural Biogas project received a SANEA Energy Award in 2014