Takamoto Biogas



Country:
Kenya
Why to choose this solution?
Provide reliable, biogas energy to small scale dairy farmers in Kenya. Also minimizes reliance on firewood, cooking with this biogas is easier, clean,quick, efficient and convenient.
Savings per day or production:
More trees are conserved considering 12 trees are saved per system installed. Households spend less purchasing charcoal and LPG for their cooking needs and Less time is spent by women and children in collecting firewood.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
A customer pays KSH 100,000 or around (USD 1,000.00) for one system, by making an initial payment of KSH 15,000 (USD 150), the reminder of KSh85,000 (USD 850) is then paid in installment of KSh3,000 per month with no interest or security required till one fully acquires the kit. System installation normally takes one to two days.
Lifetime:
Related appliances such as kitchen gas burners; de-sulphurisers which remove bad odour, and are replaceable every 2 years.
Maintenance needed:
Replacement of appliances such as kitchen gas burners, de-sulphurisers which remove bad odour. There is also an on-site training for the users on maintainance.
Resources needed in use:
A farmer or buyer only needs to have a sustainable source of dung and sufficient water in order to process biogas through the digester.
Problems and limits:
High initial installation cost of biogas is deterrent to many low-income earners;.Even though Takamoto considers its biogas to be the cheapest, it is still beyond reach of the low-income earners. Poor quality of installations done in the past by other individuals and companies led to failed systems and gave the technology a bad name.Lack of awareness about the use and benefits of biogas technology and shortage of trained installers have been other issues that Takamoto has had to deal with.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
Available at the head office is in Githunguri town in Kiambu County, and they are also at a warehouse in Karatina, Nyeri County.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Installation requires skilled technicians. There is on-site training on operation and maintenance. Internship programme where fresh graduates are trained and then attached to customers in specific areas over a three-month period is also provided.
How to use it:
https://youtu.be/8ZM0fiwu0Is
How to maintain it:
Not relevant
Climate effect (if any):
More trees are conserved considering 12 trees are saved per system installed hence reducing deforestation. The system is also able to save about 4.5 tons of C02 equivalent methane emissions that would have been released to the atmosphere had the cow dung been left to decompose in the open.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Over 3000 Takamoto biogas systems have been installed for small-scale dairy farmers (majority),self-help groups, children orphanages; government institutions and community hospitals in over 24 of the 47 counties of Kenya.
Why is it successful?
The system is very economical and there is readily available feedstock, Cost friendly installation and affordable labour. Successful partnership with a number of local Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) and Micro-Finance Institutions (MFIs) has increased uptake through credit facilities.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
A typical system comprises of one 12m3, Balloon Bag Digester,digester, 1 double-burner cooker, sufficient piping for the entire system.
How to make it (if possible):
https://youtu.be/-MPR2_Mckr8
How is it delivered and by whom?
Takamoto biogas company has employed Kenyans(technicians and sales people), 25% of whom are female.Technicians help with installations and repairs.Takamoto currently focuses on the Lease-to-own model which is working well. To support sales the company engages 7 sales agents, each with a monthly target of 6 systems, which they sell on a commission basis. Once the sale is made, the customer is assigned a unique account number that enables Takamoto to track the operational and financial status of the installation. System costs can vary due to the associated additional transport, labour and other site costs.
Successful financial model
Internship programme offering training where fresh graduates are trained and then attached to customers in specific areas over a three-month period, to work closely with the farmers, support them in biogas system operations. All Takamoto records/transactions are maintained electronically. A customised online software application manages all customer data including financial transactions, repairs and maintenance with ease then sends automatic alerts to the office during various stages of installation.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Successful partnership with Kenya Biogas Programme (KBP) which provides technical support to biogas entrepreneurs and offers them a marketing platform by creating awareness and linking them up with potential clients. Successful partnership with a number of local Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) and Micro-Finance Institutions (MFIs) has increased uptake through credit facilities.
More info:
http://takamoto.org/
Sources:
Takamoto biogas Githunguri opposite Penko Petrol Station Tel: 0738689788.
Name of the association uploading the case:
SusWatch Kenya
When was the case uploaded? (YYYY-MM-DD):
2020-08-24