On-Site System Converts Organic Waste into Biogas

The BioUrja is an on-site system for food production facilities that converts biodegradable waste into clean biogas.

A decentralized organic waste disposal and biogas production system, BioUrja can be installed in smaller spaces than conventional systems, offering units that have a capacity as low 100 kg per day. The waste disposal and conversion happens via an anaerobic digestion process that utilizes water already contained within the biomass, eliminating the need to add water.

The biogas can power stoves for cooking and the by-product can be used as fertilizer. The system provides 1.5 to 2 times higher biogas generation efficiency compared to conventional systems and offers a return on investment in only two to three years, according to the company.

By addressing space and water constraints, as well as the need for hygiene and odor control, the system is aimed at small- to mid-sized commercial properties like restaurants. In order to ensure that the system is functional at all times, it has a remote monitoring system that constantly tracks operational parameters. The company is now exporting its technology, with systems set to open in Bangladesh and USA in early 2016.

Relevance of solution

Increased urbanization and population growth make waste management and energy production increasingly important. BioUrja addresses these challenges by offering reliable and decentralized waste processing that creates clean energy.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

Through wide, global market adoption, the system has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 44 million metric tons.1

Social

Making waste a resource ensures that waste is segregated and managed properly, thus reducing the health impact of waste in cities.

Economic

A system processing one ton of organic waste per day has a payback time of less than two years, according to the company.


Sources

  1. WWF Climate Solver: “Switch from fossil energy to biogas and manure with a two year payback.” (Undated)