Development assistance with biogas

Biogas Plant

Award-winning biogas plant helps against air pollution

Developed in Germany, created for the world: our microbiogas system is strongly oriented towards the needs of people in developing countries. It features a multitude of characteristics that are especially advantageous in such regions.

Using cow dung for a better climate: Home is not always the ideal place to be. The air in many households is so polluted that it can pose health risks. Worldwide, more than one in three people breathe air in their own homes that is dangerous for their health. This applies especially to developing and emerging countries in Asia and Africa. In these regions, many people burn coal or wood in open res in order to cook or provide heat and light. To solve this problem and improve living conditions sustainably in these areas, REHAU has developed a microbiogas system that won the German Idea Prize in 2014. The reason: the plant impressed the panel with its socio-cultural, environmental and economic added value. “In Africa several families are already cooking successfully with the first REHAU HomeGas trial systems. The result is less CO2 and methane released into the atmosphere. Cooking without wood reduces the amount of smoke in the home and prevents respiratory illnesses”, explains Ingo von Ramdohr, Director of the REHAU Sales Office for International Business Development. The cost-effective and powerful microbiogas system is fired with cow dung, which also yields other benefits: the acquisition of cows also promotes milk sales. It therefore not only provides an additional source of income, but also helps rural regions regain some of their attractiveness. Children and young people no longer have to spend their time gathering scarce wood for fires, thus leaving more time for schooling and other activities. By replacing the wood used for daily cooking needs, REHAU HomeGas also contributes towards reducing deforestation, which can lead to extreme drought conditions and devastating floods. So it all benefits the environment – worldwide. 

Further information can be found in our sustainability report on page 43!