Biogas Solutions Uganda Ltd (BSU) is the National Implementing Agency for biogas activities in Uganda and is a company limited by guarantee. BSU, which was registered in September 2014, is managing phase two of the Uganda programme.
Under phase 1 (2009-2013) of the Africa Biogas Partnership Program (ABPP), 5000 plants were constructed in 28 districts in Uganda. In addition to developing individual Biogas Construction Enterprises (BCEs), BSU has developed a centralized client service center to ensure technical and business standards for the biogas sector and promotes accountability to clients by the BCEs.
A research and development initiative in Uganda led to the development of the Lotus 2 stove. This locally adopted and fabricated stove has further brought down costs by 15%. The adoption of the Puxin biogas lamps has led to an additional cost reduction of 50%. Further research in new technologies and appliances to reduce the costs to increase uptake is ongoing.
Uganda has the highest number of female masons trained, 6% of all masons in phase 1. Additionally, over 266 female users have been trained on biogas use, maintenance and safety. BSU will continue emphasizing the role of women in the biogas sector and the impact that clean cooking has on women and children.
Uganda has placed significant emphasis on the use of bio-slurry as an organic fertilizer for improved crop production and a potential source of income. Bioslurry extension is on the increase with all of the plants constructed in the last quarter of 2014 connected to a bioslurry pit. Efforts are underway to ensure that owners know the value of the bio slurry and use it appropriately to support good agriculture practices.