Institutional Compact Biogas Systems

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A student feeds the CBS at Azania Secondary School, DSM

Compact Biogas Systems offer considerable cost savings to institutions, such as secondary schools, office canteens, food processors, restaurants, and hotels that produce large quantities of food.  Using food waste as feed stock the CBS can replace or greatly reduce the large amounts of charcoal, firewood and/or LPG used in kitchens.

The flame from a large biogas burner

ARTI-Africa has installed several Compact Biogas Systems in secondary schools, safari lodges, orphan homes and offices in East Africa.  The systems, which are easy to maintain and feed offer energy dependence to the users.

5000 Litre CBS at a Islamic school kitchen

Institutional systems require approximately 30 days from installation to the handing over for use.  The complete installation schedule is detailed below:

CBS Installation Timeline
Stage Time Description
1.  Assessment Initial Visit 1)    Assess size of CBS required 2)    Assess number of burners needed 3)    Instruct institution on CBS location and dimensions of foundation (if required)
2.  Performa Invoice Within 3 days of site visit
  • Cost of CBS Installation
  • Cost of burners and potholders
  • Cost of foundation (if required)
  • Payment details
  • Proposed installation schedule
3.  Payment 7 days before installation
  • 100% of payment in advance
4.  Installation 7 days after payment 1)    Construct foundation (if required) 2)    Install CBS unit 3)    Build steps to foundation 4)    21 day Activation Period
5.  Commissioning 30 days after installation Final installation of gas hose and stove(s).
6.  Training Training of Biogas user(s) on feeding, maintenance and use.
7.  3 Service Visits* Next 3 months 3 Service Visits over the following 3 months to ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of the CBS installation.

Second School in Kigoma Receives Solar

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The installation of a 2kw solar system at Nkundutsi Secondary School in Kasulu District, Kigoma region was completed on October 14th, 2010.  The dissigno Tanzania/ARTI-TZ team completed the installation after 10 days work.

The team installed 1kw to provide power to the three teachers houses and constructed a powerhouse to support an additional 1kw system to provide lights to the school’s classrooms and to support the charging station for Sun King solar lights that will be rented to the students for a cost cheaper than kerosene.

The team gives special thanks to the Head Master and the students in the newly formed Solar Committee who assisted with the entire installation process.

Solar Committee members pose for a final picture with Shea from Dissigno Tanzania

Lifting the solar panels onto the powerhouse

Dennis Tessier from ARTI-TZ fixing the solar panels to their metal frames

Student solar committee members participate in the installation to learn about solar installations

lights on at NkundutsiLuka, the teams electrician connecting the bulbs in the classrooms

Canadians donate solar lights

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Orphans receiving solar lights donated by Kim and Jason Pineau

Going on safari in Africa has been a long time dream for Kim and Jason Pineau, but they wanted the experience to be more than just another vacation, they wanted to give something back.   In 2009 the couple from Orillia, Ontario, Canada decided to make that dream a reality.  They began researching and saving for a month long trip to Tanzania.  During this time they met up Dennis Tessier from ARTI-Tanzania who suggested to Kim and Jason raise funds so they can donate solar lights to orphans being cared for by Kidzcare Tanzania and for students in their early childhood education and nutrition project in Kyela, Tanzania.

Kim Pineau charging the solar lights

With the help of friends and family Kim and Jason managed to raise enough funds to donate 55 solar lights.  The lights were handed over to the children during their visit to the home on October 18th.

Kim and Jason Pineau enjoying the light from the 55 solar lights they donated to KidzCare Tanzania

Kim and Jason provide a perfect example of how one can give the gift of renewable energy.  Thank you for your support and kindness.

Jason and Kim learning about solar at the ARTI-TZ office in Dar es Salaam

Kigoma Secondary School gets Solar

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The ARTI-TZ/dissigno Team turned on the lights at Gwanumpu Secondary School on Friday October 1st completing the first of two solar installations in Kigoma this month. The project is being financed with World Bank funds through the Rural Energy Agency (REA).
Gary Zieff from dissigno Tanzania flew from the U.S to participate in the installation which took a total of 10 days. The 2Kw (2000 Watt) system is now providing power to 4 teachers houses, four large classrooms, the library and administration block. Two additional security lights were installed on the campus to provide additional safety to the 80 students boarding at Gwanumpu.

Gwanumpu students learn how to operate the power centre

150 Sun King lanterns were also provided for the project which will be used through a solar lamp renting business to students. The objective is to provide affordable solar lighting as a direct replacement to kerosene and to generate an income for the project to insure sustainability. The money raised will be used to maintain the system, provide security and purchase additional lights and batteries as needed.
The highlight of the project was selecting the solar committee, which was made up of 2 girls and 3 boys plus 2 teachers. The committee participated in the entire installation process and underwent initial training that focused on running and maintaining the system and on managing a small business.

Solar committee members are the first to turn on the lights in the teachers houses

The final training will be conducted in late October as well as the final launch party in which the system will be officially handed over to the solar committee.

One of the 80 female students studies with a Sun King in her dorm room