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Farmers in India are getting trapped in vicious cycle of poverty due to increasing cost of fuel and fertilizer. Cooking fuel is one of the major contributors to their monthly expenses. There is always volatility in prices, and only gets higher over time. In 2021, the price of cooking fuel increased by 5%, for a second time in the same year, increased the financial pressure that farmers face. Today, farmers are beginning to recognise the importance of organic carbon for soil. They spend approximately 20,000 to 25,000 Indian rupees per year to get organic fertilizer. However, quality fertilizer is not always guaranteed, and this results in excessive of use chemical fertilizers as soil carbon is low.
At Cleanergy Tech, we have developed Kisangas, an affordable, easy-to-install and portable biogas plant. The Kisangas Plant helps to solve the problems of farmers in two ways:
Feeding cow manure to the Kisangas plant produces biogas, which contains 55 to 60% methane. This is stored in a container and can be used as fuel for cooking and other applications. This also helps to mitigate GHG emission. As of 2021, we have installed 15 Kisangas plants, which have generated 2000m3 of biogas, replacing 500kg of LPG and 3.5MT of wood. We are working with various partners such as TATA Motors (CSR), BAIF Development Research Foundation and Grass Roots Energy to scale up our solution. For more information on our work, do refer to our slide deck.
- It provides clean fuel through biogas for farmers, for a period of up to 15 years. Farmers will empowered to produce their own gas and they will not be dependent on external fuel sources, such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
- Our liquid fertilizer helps them to produce excellent quality compost. This helps to increase soil carbon and improve soil health. This is especially important, as an increase in soil organic carbon will help farmers to reduce expenses on fertilizer, and achieve better yield.
We provide biogas booster pump with our plant to give LPG-like cooking experience. These booster pumps come with battery back up and can also be powered using solar.
We have designed hardware which tracks the booster pump operations which enables monitoring of biogas consumption. The data is collected and stored on Cloud, which allows us to track biogas consumption remotely.