AGAMA Biogas – An African Solution for a Worldwide Problem
Agama Biogas was established in 2008.
Born from a successful nurturing process under AGAMA Energy (Pty) Ltd
The company started with four shareholders and for a number of years ran pilot projects in and around South Africa looking at the potentials for biogas in Industry, farming, rural applications and urban applications.
Solid shareholder support, good contacts, key sales and very low overheads have enabled the brand to survive through the growth phase of the biogas industry in South Africa.
In 2014 the development phase was complete and resulted in Gordon Ayres being hired to take the company from a development base to a full manufacturing entity.
In Early 2015 the management team made an offer to the other shareholders to purchase the company. This was accepted and the new focus for the company has been roll-out of biogas solutions into the mainstream market.
The company presently has over 300 working biogas systems in South Africa making it the biggest biogas equipment supplier in the country.
Before we started building systems we explored successful and unsuccessful micro biogas systems all over the world. We discovered a huge amount of community based systems in India that were not working due to leaking and any number of systems that were poorly manufactured and designed worldwide. This gave us our starting point to ensure the very best would end up on site, no matter where in the world.
The AGAMA BiogasPro digesters are prefabricated waste-to-energy solutions. The BiogasPro is a unique, patented system that is engineered, designed and manufactured in South Africa for African conditions. The AGAMA BiogasPro is also the first small digester to achieve certification by the South African Pipeline Gas Association (SAPGA) – you can view the details here.
The Biogas Pro 6 is a six cubic meter micro biogas system with a self contained one cubic meter gas storage and a four cubic meter liquid digester zone. The system has been deliberately over engineered with extra thick tank walls and rounded flexible gas storage container to ensure a long life span. Designed to take mixed waste it has fantastic retention ability and punches way above its weight class in terms of gas and organic fertilizer generation. Due to its factory built specifications this unit can be easily designed into a larger biogas grid putting a number of BP6 systems together in a semi-series system to allow it to take on larger amounts of waste.
The AGAMA BiogasPro SmartTop is a hybrid unit that is ideally suited for rural installations in this system the ‘clever bits’ of the BP6 are married to a built fermentation tank. This gives flexibility in terms of tank size without compromising on the build quality of the
Light Top A smaller, fibreglass unit the light top was developed with assistance of a grant to answer the need for cost effective low technical biogas solutions in rural applications. Over one hundred and twenty of these systems have been built and installed around South Africa
This system has the potential to bring biogas to those who cannot afford a factory built solution but with a factory backed quality standard on the most difficult component to manufacture which is the dome.
AGAMA laboratory 400Lt Rocket digester To assist universities and research organisations AGAMA built the 400Lt laboratory digester. Made out of laboratory quality Perspex these units are used worldwide to explore the nature of biogas and to afford large projects an ability to check feedstock, gas generation and other key information before installing large scale digesters. As part of our drive to assist the biogas community in South Africa we sell these units at cost to universities and tertiary learning institutions.
In every stage of the development of products for this market, ease of use, ease of installation and simple and low cost maintence were our watchwords. Out BP6 system uses hydraulic pressure to mix the slurry and pressurise the gas and has no moving parts at all. Filters are easy to replace and can be done by the user using no more than a simple screwdriver. Installation and operator manuals are continuously being re-written to simplify and increase the understanding of how to use the systems for our customers.