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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.

Our project leader is Jamil Orfali.

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
CAD modeling
Cement / Pipe seal testing
Ferrocement porosity


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:

  1. ) 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.

  1. ) 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.

  1. ) 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:
-SAFL construction
-MITCEP Contest Submission

Archived News

Important Links:

Recent Travel Pictures

Trip plans and Powerpoints

Composter Construction

More about Haiti

Cap-Haitien Toilet

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
pdfpdf 2008GoalsAIDG.pdf manage 3.6 K 19 Jan 2009 - 11:11 LisaKissing AIDG's Goals for 2008
pdfpdf 23Apr2008.pdf manage 5.0 K 19 Jan 2009 - 10:01 LisaKissing AIDG Report from April 2008
pptppt Bag_Biodigester-_Conceptual_Design_13Nov2008.ppt manage 239.5 K 15 Nov 2008 - 20:17 UnknownUser  
pptppt Bag_Biodigester-_Sizing_19Jan2009.ppt manage 139.0 K 19 Jan 2009 - 10:20 LisaKissing Bag Biodigester- Conceptural Design Sizing 19 Jan 2009 LAK
pptppt Big_Questions_19Jan2009.ppt manage 36.0 K 25 Jan 2009 - 21:59 UnknownUser A request for members to determine their desired area of expertise.
docdocx Biodigester_gas_production_and_sizing..docx manage 12.2 K 19 Nov 2008 - 11:17 UnknownUser Notes for biogas needs and sizing
docdoc Composite_Q__A_19Jan2009.doc manage 33.0 K 19 Jan 2009 - 10:38 LisaKissing Composite Q & A of correspondence with members of SOIL
jpgJPG IMGP0773.JPG manage 2364.4 K 16 Nov 2009 - 15:31 UnknownUser Existing biodigester in Haiti constructed with a water tank floating dome.
jpgJPG IMGP0776.JPG manage 2628.4 K 16 Nov 2009 - 15:32 UnknownUser Humanure gas pipeline from a floating dome biodigester
jpgJPG IMGP0871.JPG manage 2917.1 K 16 Nov 2009 - 15:32 UnknownUser  
jpgJPG IMG_4511.JPG manage 3370.3 K 16 Nov 2009 - 15:27 UnknownUser Trail to the field at Ag School
jpgJPG IMG_4532.JPG manage 1948.8 K 16 Nov 2009 - 15:29 UnknownUser Soil sampling
jpgJPG IMG_4596.JPG manage 2572.0 K 16 Nov 2009 - 15:30 UnknownUser A local sugar refinery offers a carbon source in our digester.
Topic revision: r42 - 19 Apr 2010 - 22:12:12 - mena0066
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