Most of Kenya’s educational institutions depend on firewood as their main source of energy for cooking, contributing to deforestation and placing a financial burden on schools and universities due to rising prices for their fuel.
Biogas offers a great alternative for cooking fuel to the schools, while at the same time addressing human waste disposal issues and costs, reducing the costs for cooking and reducing our impact on the environment (mostly deforestation and CO2 emissions). Biogas Taita offerrs special packages for schools which include training for students and staff, as well as the set-up of a biogas school club and extra curricular activities related to the biogas to ensure ownership and engagement by the students, and to optimise the learning experience.
To increase gas production at schools we advise to supplement the human waste with animal waste and organic waste. Biogas Taita will works closely with the schools to optimise the feedstock and to look for opportunities in the area to fetch more waste. A wonderful example can be found in Wundanyi, where a youth group and a school are working together in partnership to collect more organic waste from the market....read more here.
- reduced costs for cooking fuel (saving firewood and charcoal).
- saving time for cooking create a smoke-free, more healthy environment for all kitchen staff
- demonstrating commitment to renewable energy technology thereby contributing to a more healthy environment for the community overall, reducing environmental impact.
- become a showcase for other schools and the community for the promotion of biogas technology, increasing the school’s status and credentials.
- providing the students with the opportunity to actively take part in learning about, monitoring and looking after the biogas plant, thereby increasing their knowledge about renewable technology.
- improved sustainability of the school (economically and environmentally)
- Provide safe and free human waste disposal solution for the school.
- Cost savings on human waste disposal and toilets.
- Highly potent and free fertilizer for own shamba (slurry of the biogas) or for selling to nearby farmers of municipal.
The costs for a biogas digester at schools varies greatly depending on the following factors:
- Size of the biogas digester which depends on:
* number of children at the school and age of children
* is it a boarding or a day-school
* what feedstock is available (human, organic, animal waste)
* how much gas is needed to replace all firewood (current cooking schedule)
- The infrastructure of the school
* number of toilets
* location of toilets and kitchen
* type of toilets
* general layout/terrain of the school and current buildings influences how to connect the biogas digester to toilets, kitchen and possibly shamba
Special trainings program Polytechnic Schools masonry students
(other schools can include local masons instead of students)
Biogas Taita uses the construction site to offer various basic training programs for approx. 10-15 students and potentially local masons to enhance their skills, expose them to new practices and increase future employability. Depending on the program, there are some minor costs associated with the the extra time and resources/time to be made by Biogas Taita for theory classes, training on site and a number of extra tools for the students/masons to be able to work on site. available (Biogas Taita offers the training for free and will only charge for the extra expenses/costs such as tools and extra days of supervisor labour).