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Ujala Qadir

May 15, 2014
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Hi, Thank you for your submission. It's an ambitious proposal with comprehensive details on the technical aspects of the biogas units. I was wondering about the sustainability aspects of your proposal. Have you considered launching such an initiative in a business-oriented way? In your proposed approach, who would own the projects, and maintain and operate them. What would be the long term costs, and lifetime of the units? In the Aim of your proposal you mention commercialization and sustainability - however, this is not made evident in your proposal. I would suggest that you add more information on how your project would lead to commercialization, especially what the unit costs are, annual operating costs, and a market analysis of potential producers and projected demand. I hope that you find these comments helpful, and wish you luck for the contest. Best, Ujala

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

May 18, 2014
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Hi Ujala, Thanks for your intriguing comments. I will like to say that our project will not really venture into a business oriented model. But again, I have tried to include information on a possibility of doing some business on it. For Now, we really need to study the market demand for our biogas products for it to commercialize.Regards.

Robert Dedomenico

Jun 12, 2014
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It appears Osero has done a significant bit of looking into feasibility of this proposal, and perhaps is onto something. I am certain of this... the side effects of good sanitation are a benefit worth pursuing. Best wishes, Robert

Agharese Lucia Ojelede

Jun 14, 2014
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This is a very detailed and researched project proposal but I have a few comments as follows: You talked a lot about training for the operators and artisans but there is little information on training or sensitisation/awareness for the producers of the sewage waste (general public, students, staff of school) who will produce the raw material to be used for the biogas project. If you spend money to build these biogas digesters all over and people don't understand the benefits and not use the new system but continue with the old system or other alternative. Also you said the fund you need for executing this project is $20,000.00, do you have any other source of funding in terms of cash besides resources if yes, how much has been raised. Besides these, I believe this project can be successful if it is well project-managed and the digesters are well managed and maintained routinely. All the best! Arese

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Jun 16, 2014
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Thanks Arese for your constructive comments. I will like to say that in our quest to create awareness, we will focus to impact both the producers of this wastes,general public and the end users of this project. This will be done by the use of mass and print media. Television, posters, pamphlets and banners will be used to aid this crucial activity of awareness creation. Also, our project is at its early stages of development, and this being our first submission, for now we have not raised any resources yet. Thank you. Tengeya.

Shailesh Singh

Jun 16, 2014
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Hi Tengeya, This is detailed proposal and its very critical to solve the problem underlined by you in your project. Points raised by aresa is key for the sustainability of any project. I can understand the challenges you are trying to underline. Shailesh

Angélica Lara P.r.

Jun 17, 2014
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Hi This is an interesting proposal as part of the waste management solution. I just want to know if there is any long term costs for the people who take part of this?... I understand this is an early stage of the project , but it is a great proposal, so hope you can get aditional budget of other finantial sources to develop this iniciative. Regards!

Tapesh Mishra

Jun 17, 2014
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Hi, Kudos to the team for developing such well researched and technically sound proposal. I could see the technical feasibility, but on operational front, can you make it clear who will own the system. One key aspect of program's sustainability is to have strict accountability and ownership. A good resource could be "Nepal Biogas Support Program" Best Regards!

Romalino Caraig

Jun 20, 2014
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Hi team, I admire the sound engineering principles that are at work in this proposal. However, I'm wondering how this proposal could be made more innovative? I mean, these processes have already found wide applications in the industry. I'm sure the team could further push their limits in finding a novel approach. Let me know how I could help. Regards, Romalino

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Jun 24, 2014
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Thank you all for your inputs.

Stefan Pasti

Jul 7, 2014
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This proposal—“Using Biogas Technology To Improve Sanitation And Mitigate Climate Change”--is a little difficult to read sometimes, because of lack of paragraphs—but the subject matter is mostly beyond my understanding anyway. I’m not that familiar with the field of biogas. However, I am familiar enough with the concept to support this proposal, and to share some comments which might be helpful. 1) It would help if somewhere in this proposal there is a graph which shows how much a percentage of waste management could be taken on with this approach—and how much must be handled by other processes. 2) I agree with two other commentors that the question of who owns the system needs to be addressed. 3) Osero Shadrack Tengeya and Onkundi Ryder (the proposal creators) might like to have a look at what the Findhorn Ecovillage has done along the lines of treatment and recycling of wastewater and bioremediation…. From “Ecological Waste Water Treatment” at http://www.ecovillagefindhorn.com/findhornecovillage/biological.php “In the Living Machine ® sewage arrives in a greenhouse containing a series of tanks. Diverse communities of bacteria, algae, micro-organisms, numerous species of plants and trees, snails, and fish interact as whole ecologies in these tanks and biofilters. These mirror processes that occur in the natural world, but do so more intensively. At the end of the series of tanks, the resulting water is pure enough to discharge directly into the sea or to be recycled. The technology is not only capable of meeting tough new sewage outflow standards, but uses no chemicals, and has a relatively inexpensive capital cost attached. “Biomatrix Water is based at Findhorn and the founding partners of the Biomatrix Water team have over two decades of experience designing and delivering ecological engineering projects for the treatment and recycling of municipal and industrial wastewater and bioremediation. The design approach applies current best practice in modern wastewater treatment and process control with the latest developments in ecological engineering. The resulting research shows that the wise use of modern materials, biomimicry, and design innovation, provide an effective solution to the problems of urban water pollution and aquatic habitat degradation.”

Delton Chen

Jul 14, 2014
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Dear Tengeya I am just sending you this message to let you know that I linked your proposal into our Global Plan, called Global 4C, that provides finance for cleaner energy etc. Cheers Delton https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300701/phaseId/1301101/planId/1307204

Sergio Pena

Jul 15, 2014
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My question to this proposal is related to the degree of explansion and understanding. How will you work out the main ideas put in your proposal, to work with waste in order to bring the concept to developing countries in the world in which such an idea might be of interest?

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Jul 18, 2014
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Dear All, Thank you for your comments. As far as space would allow we have incorporated most of our responses into our proposal. However, for further clarity, below for your convenience are our direct responses. PROJECT OPERATIONALIZATION. The biogas generation units would be owned and maintained by the schools’/Prisons' management. These include the school’s/Prisons' directors, trustees, management committees or boards of governors in which the school head is usually a member. These bodies would a hire a trained artisan to maintain the biogas unit operational. The long term costs of maintaining an operating unit are remuneration for the artisan(s), water supply and maintenance of the gas distribution system and converters from gas energy to various forms of energy as required by the school. The life time of a well serviced unit is 20-30 years and because of the low startup capital investment, a biogas unit is a worthy investment. Schools that are connected to the national power grid, use the electric energy for cooking, lighting and running small office and laboratory machines. For schools using energy saving biomass energy stoves, nearly 60% of the energy goes to lighting class rooms, laboratories, and library and staff houses. A school alternating between conventional electric power and biogas energy can reduce its electricity bill by up to 50% or more. While biogas can be distributed to customers directly from a central storage facility, it can also be packaged in portable plastic containers and sold to neighbors. Electricity generated from biogas can also be metered and sold to the school’s immediate neighbors. This study will explore practical viability, costing levels and sustainability of these and other alternatives of commercializing biogas energy. Stages of project operation: Preparatory phase I This is six months planning and piloting period during which the following activities will be conducted: establish structures of a programme coordination centre at Department of Environmental Education in Kenyatta University, selection of pilot project area in central Kenya, conduct awareness sessions and meetings with administrators in selected pilot schools, train extension education assistants and biogas artisans, and develop full programme and implementation plan. The programme is national but with phased progression. The biogas development and extension programme and all policy and financial issues will be managed through Kenyatta University. Thank you. Tengeya.

Climate Colab

Aug 13, 2014
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Thank you for submitting your proposal in the Climate CoLab. We are inspired by the idea of partnering this project with prisons and schools, and believe in the potential of biogas technology. In your revisions, we would like to you elucidate on the technology that you intend to use in this project. There are many options for biogas technology and to be successful, we recommend that your group choose and focus on a particular technology, make this very clear in the proposal, and include drawings. Also, as biogas technology will provide you with high-grade fertilizer and energy, we would like to see in the proposal how you intend to use these outflows to create circular systems (again this could also be included as a drawing). Finally, we believe the proposal would be even stronger if it could touch upon how this business model would be self-sustaining.

Odirile Mothusi

Aug 14, 2014
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wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww........................................................... nice This is not just good for Kenya only this is good for Botswana,Africa and the world.

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Aug 18, 2014
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Thanks Judges for your comments. We have revised and added drawings in our proposal, we hope this will give more light on your queries raised. Regards. Tengeya.

Hemant Wagh

Sep 5, 2014
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if you could consider requesting your future clients to store throughout the year the seeds of fruits they eat at home and spread those seeds, after commencement of Mansoon, the rainy season, on to unused land in & around the city, town, village, as an activity that would help improve green cover! Rather than wasting the fruit seeds by letting decay, this would help grow fruit-bearing trees as well. Following is a link to such a proposal. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300103/planId/1310401

Hemant Wagh

Sep 5, 2014
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Kitchen waste should not include the seeds of fruits which should be separated, stored, and finally pooled together from households and spread on land at proper time and place. Kindly consider adding this to your theme.

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Sep 8, 2014
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Dear Judges, have a look at this drawing for our biogas units as well. https://voicethread.com/share/5528592/ Thank you.

Climate Colab

Sep 12, 2014
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This is a very important endeavor and I appreciate the ambition. This approach is not particularly ground-breaking, as I have seen many initiatives that attempt to effectively convert human waste to biogas. However, I am impressed by your work; it is very important to support the innovations from universities in low-income countries that are implementing in their own community. This could have an huge impact in your community and we'd like to see it be moved forward. Good luck in the voting period!

Janet Nyamusi

Sep 13, 2014
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This is a great idea more especially to the developing countries. Once everything begins,I know very many schools, colleges, universities, and prisons shall see the benefits in terms of sanitation and climate change and this will increase the support. looking forward to seeing this project getting to greater heights. Great project indeed

Moses Makori

Sep 13, 2014
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Commendable work man...

Joy Ruth

Sep 13, 2014
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This idea for Kenya as a developing country is good. I know with awareness and capacity building, it shall be up scaled far and beyond. Great work

Marvin Sichangi

Sep 13, 2014
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I admire the sound engineering principles that are at work in this proposal.

Ann Sharmarke

Sep 15, 2014
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Its awesome,if it can be implemented in the Kenyan schools especially

Jean-pierre Sancho

Sep 16, 2014
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I like the concept, don't think its a new one. Take a look at these guys: http://www.pyrogenesis.com/ FYI, there are probably many patents already out there...many applications for ship or off grid/remote areas. Would be great to think of a residential application of these commercial solutions!

Domnic Ntialei

Sep 17, 2014
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Hi Osero, This is a brilliant idea. The science you've cultivated in this project could go along way helping Kenyans and other development countries. The explanation is so clear and innovative as you've outlined. Wish you well....success throughout the voting process

Fi Fi

Sep 17, 2014
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Hi Tengeya and your friends, consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300701/planId/1309401

Rosinah Kithandi

Sep 18, 2014
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This technology can also be applied in the urban slums where human waste management is already a challenge. We also need to invest in how we can pack the methane gas collected from this centers to enhance its use and contribution in reducing GHG emmissions.

Michael Hayes

Sep 19, 2014
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Tengeya, Please consider the NASA OMEGA method. http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/research/OMEGA/#.VBx79_m-2m4 You have the vote Team Marine BECCS. I also would like to encourage you and your supporters to support the "USG Leadership on MBECS Developement/Demand and Within International Treaties" proposal by the Marine BECCS team. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300401/planId/1306813 Best regards and hope to see you in Boston. Michael Hayes

Carol Sherriff

Sep 22, 2014
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Great proposal which we are happy to support and perhaps collaborate together as our proposal is about developing a network of small businesses active on climate change Do vote for us https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300210/planId/1309014

Niva Sharon

Sep 30, 2014
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Hi, Your project is realistic.I hope it goes through.

Kambi Safi

Sep 30, 2014
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Hi You have tackled the issue on sanitation very well, good work.

Regina Mccormack

Sep 30, 2014
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Thanks for your vote! I voted for you too. Good luck!

Jane Shadda

Oct 1, 2014
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good work..ccongrats

Victor Blanco

Oct 2, 2014
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Dear Team Tengenya: Congratulations!!! Let´s keep working hard for a better world! Best wishes! Victor Blanco Venezuela REACC Team Leader

Reagan Ongoro

Oct 3, 2014
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Good work Shadrack.I am now able to see how Kenyatta university has impacted on you.It is indeed a comprehensive and detailed proposal that will impact positively onto our environment and see us move a mile once again in this issue of climate change that has become a major focal point in the current century. best wishes. Reagan ongoro Kenyatta university,Nairobi

Victor Blanco

Oct 4, 2014
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Congratulations!!! Please check the "Discusion Section" in the "Community" label... Proposal of activity during the Conference Session of 2014 Winners... https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/discussion#discussion%3DpageType%3ATHREAD%2CthreadId%3A1337218

Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Oct 6, 2014
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Thanks victor. Am thrilled for the winning. We meet soon.