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Member Spotlight — Sistema Biobolsa
Founded in 2010 in Mexico, Sistema Biobolsa is the second largest agricultural market in Latin America. To date, they have installed over 2,200 systems in 20 states in Mexico, providing access to sustainable energy to more than 13,000 beneficiaries. In parallel, they have distributors in Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as pilot projects in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia, Cuba, Haiti, the United States, Ghana, and Nigeria.
As an award-winning waste and resource management system that is economically accessible and technologically advanced, they describe their key innovation as “re-imagining biodigesters as high-quality, modern durable goods.” Their “prefabricated design creates the conditions needed to scale, and ensures quality control that is not possible with traditional designs. From our factory, we distribute a turnkey package globally that can be installed within hours. The flexible material and zero-waste packaging helps overcome last-mile distribution challenges, with full systems ready to install from tightly wrapped packages that are easy to transport. Sizes range from 2 to 400 m3, serving a broad range of farmers (2 to 300 cows or 6 to 1000 pigs). The modular and flexible nature of our technology allows smaller farmers to make incremental investments in technology as their farms grow. Supporting this technology, we have a proven distribution model, an innovative financing product and an impactful educational and monitoring tool.”
Since starting commercial operations in 2010, Sistema Biobolsa has treated 1.3 million metric tons of waste with pathogen reduction of over 99%, produced enough organic fertilizer to increase crop yields on over 300,000 hectares and produced enough biogas to displace over 23 million kilograms of LP gas. Their data shown that biogas displaces wood, LP Gas, gasoline, and electricity at a rate of US$0.40-1.20 per cubic meter of biogas; organic fertilizer displaces US$250-350 per hectare in synthetic fertilizer costs and increases crop yields by 20-40%. They have provided nearly USD$450,000 in zero interest loans from their internal loan program supported by KIVA.
Approximately 400 million small farms worldwide produce an estimated 70% of the global food supply. These same farms are home to the majority of the world’s poor and food insecure. There is a strong link between access to energy and poverty, sustainability and health at farms and rural households. Sistema Biobolsa strives to provide farmers with access to clean renewable electricity and thermal energy by providing affordable biogas technology that allows farmers to transform animal manure into renewable energy and organic fertilizer. With a sustainable energy source, farmers reduce GHG emissions, protect water sources, and displace fossil fuels and chemical fertilizers. By providing a high quality and affordable renewable energy technology together with financing, training and service, they work to turn small farmers into important actors in reducing poverty, food insecurity and climate change. Sistema Biobolsa technology has been deployed in over 2,200 farms in 13 countries providing clean renewable energy for over 13,000 people. They are currently looking to partner with organizations to scale the approach in additional regions.
Sistema Biobolsa is a newer member of the network and report being “thrilled to join the Energy Access Practitioner Network to work with the whole network towards better and cleaner energy access globally!”
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