Fuel Biodigesters

A safe, low-cost fuel alternative for 3 billion people worldwide by converting agricultural waste into clean energy.

Why Fuel Biodigesters?

Around the world today, 3 billion people still cook with traditional methods, involving fuelwood, charcoal, coal, agricultural residue, dung, and kerosene. Not only are these practices inefficient and expensive but deadly, with the harmful emissions leading to the deaths of millions annually, including 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children under 5 years old. 

Without access to clean alternatives and modern technologies, these daily practices have devastating impacts on both humans and the environment. Widespread, unsustainable deforestation for fuel sources restricts Earth’s capacity to process carbon dioxide, and inefficient combustion (burning) releases the most toxic emissions into the atmosphere, including black carbon, carbon monoxide and methane.  

The issue of limited access to renewable, clean energy and fuel technologies affects the entire global population, but disproportionately affects those in developing communities, where the health and economic consequences are felt every single day.

3.8 million people die prematurely each year due to household smoke inhalation

Smoke inhalation from household cooking is the second largest contributor to ill health in the world

Almost a billion tonnes of agricultural waste is produced and left unused or burned annually, leading to income loss. 

Most cooking methods involve the release of black carbon, a top contributor to global warming

Watch It In Action

What we are doing

With both widespread health and environmental benefits, Biodigester systems repurpose unused agricultural waste into a clean fuel alternative that’s both affordable and accessible to developing communities, without the deadly emissions. 

Biodigesters convert organic waste products into two usable products: organic, pathogen-free fertiliser that’s rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (perfect for farmers); and biogas, a renewable energy source with zero net greenhouse emissions for clean, sustainable cooking. 

Project Everest is working in Bhubaneswar, India, to implement this solution within local farming communities. Not only are we working to reduce the amount of food waste being sent to landfill and dangerous gases in millions of lungs, but we’re also enabling increased access to energy independence, building local resilience, and saving money across the developing world.

What it Addresses

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Targets:

7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

“From day one, I quickly grasped the need for a better, more efficient and sustainable agricultural industry.

One that acknowledges all aspects of the supply chain and treats every stakeholder with respect and dignity, without disregarding anyone for increased financial benefits. Being approached and speaking to local farmers and everyone else in the supply chain, I have had the most amazing opportunity to understand their problems and share their joys within their lives, but ultimately working to better the wellbeing of them and their communities.”

Jacob Enten

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