What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?
Using profits from municipal scale biogas generation to restart human waste collection in the city of Cap Haitian Haiti.
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
KVIC municipal biogas systems have been used by many organizations and municipalities to provide waste treatment options and adjust to all scales, from digestors used in single neighborhoods to large arrays of digestors used for small municipalities. In the city of Cap Haitien in the sanitation situation presents a dire problem, collection from an existing public latrine network has essentially stopped and in some neighborhoods 80% of the existing public infrastructure is overflowing. Most latrines are emptied by hand for 180USD-240US. Human waste buckets are emptied into open canals that flow to the ocean and offgas methane. The few large sump truck operators that empty for the UN and other large institutions dump into mangrove swamps. Water testing at most local pumps shows heavy fecal coliform contamination. AIDG sees an opportunity to incubate a Haitian S.A. that uses KVIC style digestors and funding from both sale of energy production and carbon offset funding to subsidize waste collection, processing, and restoration of existing latrine infrastructures.
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?
The AIDG is working to secure a 60 acre municipal waste treatment site just south of Cap Haitien where we would help the incubated Haitian S.A. establish an initial array of 6 KVIC reactors that could be expanded upon securing carbon credit funding or though incremental sales of gas. We would begin a small waste collection operation of 100 public latrines using modern pumping techniques to get a price point below 100USD per emptying. A $5000 changemaker award would create 2 digestors.
How do you plan to expand your innovation?
The core expansion funding for this project relies on the use of carbon offset funding for methane capture. Currently waste from open canals used as public bathrooms and unemptied public latrines off gasses methane, which has an impact 23 times that of CO2 on climate change. Establishing a proven methane offset for this type of project should provide significant resources for expansion both within the city and to other regions in Haiti. Additionally the modular nature of the KVIC processor design will allow for single site expansion in an incremental fashion from local sales without significant external capital investment.
Do you have any existing partnerships, and if so, how do you create them?
In Haiti AIDG is working closely with the office of the Mayor of Milot, the municipality directly south of Cap Haitian, which is offering a 60 acre parcel of land to be portioned in long term leases as a municipal waste treatment site. We are also partnering with the local composting toilet provider SOIL which will be setting up a municipal compost site leased on the same municipal site and will be taking the effluent from the initial digestors. We are also working on partnerships with MSPP and the environmental ministry of the North of Haiti.
Our US partnership includes several US based university and technical advisers at MIT, Berkeley, Michigan Tech and other universities that work with us on providing technical training to our incubated enterprises. Included in these advisors are individuals with significant experience in municipal biogas in India and Bangledesh.
Xelateco, will also be working with us on technology adaptation testing. We are hoping to establish technical transfer with biogas companies in India.