Biogas/compost from animal waste for households, poultry, and husbandry

Biogas/compost from animal waste for households, poultry, and husbandry


Final Products Low-cost bio-fertilizer and methane
Required Inputs Bedding mixed with litter, cattle manure and possibly bacterial starter additives
Competing Products

Low competition
Fertilizers, composted agricultural waste and butane tanks

Potential for Export Low


Complexity – Type of Process Simple – construction (bricks) and piping (tanks < 10 m3)
Technology Anaerobic digestion
Equipment and Material Construction tools, manual tools and pipes
Human Resources Labor for installation and technical operation and maintenance

Business Linkage

Forward Linkage Homes, poultry and animal husbandry
Local/Regional/Nationwide Local Market - Nationwide
Backward Linkage Farmers
Supporting Entities Material and tool suppliers and testing facilities
Competitive Edge
Low-cost bio-fertilizer and bio-energy source, more energy security compared to fossil fuels

Economic Features

Revenue Stream Sales of biogas/compost system to agriculture, poultry and livestock farms
CAPEX Consists of the cost of machinery and building units which would cost an average of 500K EGP

Note: This CAPEX represents the indicative investment size, however, this investment opportunity can grow in implementation to a larger-sized investment.
Investment Size Micro (less than 500K EGP)


Key Challenge Long lead-in time and technical failures, weak farmer awareness of system benefits, vague definition of biogas systems, absence of regulation and certification for engineers/technicians, absence of product specification and standardization (compost)
Advantages Cost-saving for energy and fertilizers and reduces dependency on chemical fertilizers which are energy intensive
Potential Pathways to Growth Upgrading/offering a variety of biogas technologies for different applications (e.g., mobile units), production of new types of additives, delivering comprehensive farm waste management and/or Renewable energy solutions (could also include Internet of Things (IoT) applications for monitoring biogas digester performance)

General Impact

Environmental A source of bio-fertilizers that ensures sustainable and organic produce, safe disposal of waste, reduces use of fossil fuels
Social Increases return on cattle farms, cost-saving for households, provides non-chemical fertilizer and ensures cleaner streets from animal waste

Impact on Sub-market(s), Cluster(s) and Value Chain(s)

Relevant sub-market Renewable energy solutions
Lies within the following
value chain/cluster(s)
Impact Promotes bio-energy sources and enhances efficiency of farm production
* Source of the information: The above figures were updated by Chemonics Egypt for UNIDO in 2023


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