Elemental Africa

Arid Areas Biodigestion Demonstration Plant, South Africa

The project aimed at carrying out a social, economic and technical Feasibility Study that would detail the cost, energy outputs and necessary construction required to recommission an existing organic waste Biodigester. Sewage and municipal organic waste are biodigested to methane gas; this is used to generate electricity; that is then used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis; additional recycled nutrient rich water becomes the growth medium for algae that is processed to produce oil that is turned into biodiesel; ethanol is produced through using the raw materials in new combinations. On a small-scale village level these become relatively simple chemical I agricultural processes, turning pollution into resources. Each stage of the process becomes an entrepreneurial opportunity.


Project Developer

Elemental Africa


Eastern Cape Graaf Reinet - South Africa

Total Project Budget

EUR 47 968

EEP Africa Financing

EUR 35 137




Feasibility study

Project Period

2011 - 2011