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Feed Resource Recovery Case Study

There is currently a lack of access to affordable sanitation in urban areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. This study evaluated the potential for resource recovery from innovative faecal sludge treatment processes to generate a profit that could help sustain the sanitation service chain. A total of 242 interviews were conducted in Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Kampala, Uganda to compare markets in different cultural and regional contexts. Products identified to have potential market value include dry sludge as a fuel for combustion, biogas from anaerobic digestion, protein derived from sludge processing as animal feed, sludge as a component in building materials, and sludge as a soil conditioner. The market demand and potential revenue varied from city to city based on factors such as sludge characteristics, existing markets, local and regional industrial sectors, subsidies, and locally available materials. Use as a soil conditioner, which has been the most common end use of treated sludge, was not as profitable as other end uses. These findings should help policy and decision makers of sanitation service provision to design financially viable management systems based on resource recovery options.

FEED Resource Recovery 2BackgroundThe FEED idea based on Compositing Technology was formed by a 28-year-old MBA student Shane Eten alongside his friend and co-partner Ryan he is passionate about being an entrepreneur for his business plan. At the point of this case, Shane needs to raise money to develop a prototype to and launch his ideas. Although he has gathered a lot of interest from potential investors, some of his advances are rejected due to lack of a prototype. He is interested in keeping ownership of the company as much as possible his own. He gained experience from his professors on how to sell an idea in the market to get potential investors.(FEEED Resource Recovery, n.d.)He joined various organizations, studying their business plans and proposals and how the business world worked acquitting him with the skills he needed in accounting and working with figures. He began the project in an attempt to reduce organization's waste material through disposal. The group, named Biospan looked into various factors such as anaerobic digestion, anaerobic composition, and Gasification of the waste products. The company would collect waste from restaurants, grocery stores and homes to feed to the digester to convert it into compost or biogas.Anaerobic digestion is a clean, safe and proven technology that is used in the decomposition of organic waste by the use of in an oxygenated environment. The feed system known as the R2, would utilize the anaerobic digestion to convert biodegradable waste into fuel for a distribution general unit. Due to its decentralized nature, you could place the R2 system at the back of the store alongside the organic waste dumpster. The R2 system is uniquely automated by the use of integration technology that would see to a pH balancing unit that optimizes the entire system. Also, the system is independently different from the others which include an integrated biogas generator unit, a gravity system that that reduces costs at the same time increases the efficiency.

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