EWB HAITI BIOGAS PROJECT
Working with SOIL and AIDG
in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, this project seeks to develop a community level biogas digestion system. With no lack of human waste and little waste management in place, we are working towards effectively containing and using waste to produce methane gas fuel for families and crop-friendly, pathogen free compost for farmers.
Updates: Winter/Spring 2010
MITCEP presentation plans were scrapped after analysis revealed their goal to be business implementation. We are not ruling business out of the project. The system will require input funds to pay employees and do maintenance. However, our immediate goals are design and implementation oriented. A grant suiting our focus on the technological benefits is being considered. More to come.
Current Main Project
Work at SAFL has progressed to become a footing with installed rebar. Team members are experiencing wire tying, ferrocement application, and frame building.
Current Sub Projects:
Biogas Stove Design
Cement / Pipe seal testing
Please excuse the long delay in web updates. The project is alive with our team working on several goals:
1.) Most important:
receive approval from EWB-USA to implement this summer. This requires:
- ) First aid training for more than half of our members. b.) Hands-on experience using ferrocement, specifically by building a pilot biodigester. c.) Preparing ourselves for a two week stay in Haiti, with either a follow-up trip plan, or a "long term" member stay to complete start up of our biodigester.
2.) Most urgent:
Inform SAFL of all necessary materials required for our pilot digester, including a WORK SCHEDULE that meshes with SAFL staff and our team.
- ) Design and build test armature of biodigester wall section. This will also give ferrocementers a place to begin learning to use the medium. b.) Design, build, and test pilot scale biodigester.
Goal 2 is hopefully completed before or by the end of spring break (March 12-March 21).
3.) Submit an application for MITCEP
: Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Clean Energy Prize.
- ) Compose two page executive summary. b.) Prepare twelve slide powerpoint.
The design challenge is part of MIT's school of business, and as such is of the focus that we will run our technology as a business at some point. This does not fit our overall group's goal of creating a self-sustaining biogigester to produce safe waste, but it does draw our group members' attentions to details concerning our projects origins, as well as future plans. This design challenge is due today.
4.) Look for other awards/challenges that fit our project.
Be on the lookout for future updates concerning:
-MITCEP Contest Submission
Recent Travel Pictures
Trip plans and Powerpoints
More about Haiti