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Biogas People

| Biogas People
Biogas People
Status/stage of development: Pilot
Biogas People seeks to tap into the unrealised potential of biogas in Egypt.
It began as a small-scale initiative, raising awareness about the importance of biogas in schools and universities across Egypt. Today, Biogas People is a social startup offering a range of services in the green energy arena. With its team of Egyptian and German consultants, Biogas People will build and operate biogas plants, conduct feasibility studies, and train employees to prepare them for operation.
 

 

The vast majority of Egyptian households don’t have direct access to natural gas and electricity. In recent years, blackouts and fuel shortages have been experienced with increasing frequency, especially in informal slum settlements and rural areas. Here, citizens spend hours queuing up to refill gas cylinders, with little or no access to electricity. 

 

At the same time, the city of Cairo produces 15,000 tons of solid waste a day. Across all of Egypt, that totals to 21 million tons of waste each year. That’s more than three times the weight of the Great Pyramid!

 

56% of this waste is organic. It is costly to transport and rots away in landfills, taking up space and spreading all sorts of diseases. However, it is in fact a potent source of biogas energy. 

 

Biogas is the product of the decomposition of organic waste by bacteria in the absence of light and air. 

 

It is also known as methane. 

 

Methane is a greenhouse gas. Natural methane emissions from landfills and cattle contribute to the warming of our planet. However, the secure production of methane from organic waste, or biomass, in modern biogas plants, guarantees a clean energy source that can be applied variously: to provide lighting, gas and electricity, power vehicles, and generate heat.

 

Another product of the biogas process is compost, which is used as a natural fertiliser to improve soil quality in organic farms. Biogas also reduces the need for landfills, and is a cost-effective solution to dealing with the challenge of waste disposal.

 

Biogas People seek to tap into the unrealised potential of biogas in Egypt.

 

We will target the following:

  • Poultry industry (chicken litter)
  • Food & Beverage Industry 
  • Agriculture and Food-processing industry
  • Organic fraction of municipal solid waste

BOT - Build-Operate-Transfer

Feasibility studies (cost-efficiency etc.)

 

Hany Elkhodary is an entrepreneur passionate about sustainable living. From a young age he has been interested in perma-culture; this soon developed into an interest in renewable energy, specifically biogas, which he observed as a huge untapped market in Egypt.

 

Hany graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at Tanta University in 2010. With a group of like-minded friends, he soon began a small-scale initiative raising awareness about the importance of biogas in schools and universities across Egypt. This developed into an idea to create a startup building biogas units in Egypt. In 2013, his project was awarded full incubation at Nahdet El Mahrousa. The following year, Hany applied for the Falling Wall Lab 2014, and was awarded first place, winning a scholarship to attend the finals in Berlin. There he toured a series of German biogas plants, building his network of contacts in the field and gaining knowledge and experience which he now wishes to apply to Egypt.