Technology diffusion from University to the Private Sector – Integrating Waste Management and Bio-energy Production – The Case of Bio-Innovate
Adolf R. Olomi Partner of Bio-MD-Banana Inv Ltd Innovative Project,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia TANZANIA
Banana Investments Ltd is a wholly Tanzanian owned company, started as a backyard business in 1989, and formalised in 1993. The company’s head office and factory is located in Olorien Ward, 4.5 km east of Arusha City. At presents it is employing over 250 people and has a turnover of over US$ 2,800,000
The companys factory is mainly involved making of banana alcoholic beverages. Its brands are Raha, raha Poa, Meru and Malkia banana alcoholic beverages. Products other than the alcoholic beverages include, fiesta dry gin in 50 and 100 mls sachets, and 200 ml glass bottles. Upcoming products in the next one year are Brandy, drinking water and juices.
Factory not connected to City main sewer, as it is not on zoned industrial park Currently the 224 Cu. Meters of waste water produced per day is disposed on dug out ponds. Slurry removal from sedimentation tanks cumbersome. As production ground gets choked with the water this method of disposal is not sustainable. Hence the need for a proper waste water disposal system.
S/n Parameters DESIRED EXISTING1) Flow in M3/Day 250 2242) pH 6.8– 7.9 4.53) COD in mg/ltr 1875-2000 7,5004) BOD in mg/ltr 200-250 2,000-2,5005) TSS in mg/ltr Min. 100 344
BIL approached the University of Dar es Salaam to find solution to the wastewater problems in 2009 This was because we heard that they have been working on waste water treatment systems especially constructed wetlands UDSM suggested energy generation combined with polishing in a constructed wetland BIL and UDSM applied for Bio-innovate funding
Bar screenInlet Effluent Eq tank230 Cum/HR collection 6 x 6 x 3+0.5 Primary Value Tank Cl mtr addition to business BIOGAS Buffer UASB Bio-digester Tank Preliminary Primary (Biogas) Secondary CONSTRUCTED WET LAND Treated effluent RECYCLE Fish pond Value addition to Community
BAR SCREEN , TRANSFER SUMP, EQUALISATION TANK & PRIMARY CLARIFIER
TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT - USD 554,080/-CoET – UDSM , THROUGH Sida - USD 404,080/-BANANA INVESTMENTS LTD- USD 150,000/--So far we have invested over USD 86,000/- into this project- Trial tests will start in June 2013,
Factory effluent will be treated Manure for gardens will be produced Treated water will be used in fish ponds and for irrigation of neighbours gardens. Good example co operation between academia and business. Skills transfer (India – Tanzania or East Africa) Laboratory can be used for commercial purposes. Savings by Banana approx US$ 200 per day and 50,000 pa.