Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The British High Commission in Wellington has a strong interest in supporting community projects in Samoa that involve renewable energy, enhanced climate resilience and the potential for building sustainable economic opportunity. Building on our biogas projects of 2012 (below) on 21 October 2013 the Samoan Prime Minister turned the soil at a new site for resource testing centre in Apia. After signing a new agreement between the UK and Samoa, the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Malielegaoi and the then British High Commissioner, HE Mrs Vicki Treadell took their spades and turned the first soil in a new British funded NZ$22,000 bio digester research project.The turning of the soil and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is one more step in the renewed and sustainable relationship between the UK and Samoa.

Implementation methodologies

In 2012 we provided funding for a demonstration project in Piu Village to prove that an invasive vine (merremia) could be a feedstock resource to produce biogas that could be used in cooking and lighting for village households. This demonstration system was installed in early 2013 by BHC's project partner BioEnceptionz Ltd of Wellington, New Zealand. (BioEnceptionz is a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in showcasing the potential for bioenergy systems in Pacific Islands.) This demonstration project successfully met its objectives. It worked providing light, electricity and liquid fertaliser to the villagers, Parts were easy to install and cheap to repairIn 2013, the Resource Testing and Community Engagement Centre was funded to provide Samoa with the capability of methodically testing and cataloguing the biogas potential of a wide range of possible feedstocks that can be used in biodigesters to produce biogas, including for commercial scale operations. These feedstocks, include green waste such as grasses, vines, foliage drop and foodwaste and, as well, crop residues (such as taro leaves), crop processing wastes, and over abundant crop products with low market value.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Samoa Biogas systems is a local NGO. Both the STA and users are taught how to install the biodiversity systems and Samoa's will run the research centre giving full ownership to the community. We intend to fund a small cottage Businesses that makes fibregas tanks rather than rubber tanks which will allow manufacture on the island as well as instillation and maintenance.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The ˜biogas potential" data that will come from the resource testing programme will provide much needed Samoa-circumstance specific information for a wide range of potential biodigester applications. STA have been heavily involved in our biogas project and more widelyBioEnception or the newly named Samoa Biogas system was a New Zealand-based entity operating under the principles of a not-for-profit social enterprise. It has now renamed it'self as a sign or it's commitment.They conceive, plan with host governments and donors, and implement feasibility studies involving advanced biomass and waste-based energy systems suitable for Pacific Island and other developing countries. They provide ˜seeing is believing" proof of the technical and economic applicability of the technologies. They are involved in the development of financeable business models that can be used by local companies when these new systems are rolled out.The Uk Government has funded biogas projects for a third year as a sign of it's ongoing commitment and it believed it can create bigger partnerships as well as encourage uptake of biogas across the SIDS. What a story to tell!

Partner(s)

United Kingdom Samoa
Deliverables
12,13,14
Renewable Lighting
12,13,14
Renewable Gas
12,13,14
Liquid fertiliser
14
R and D to measue output per different product used (vines/coconut husks/other plant waste)
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Biogas Systems Samoa and STA
In-kind contribution
Technical support from the STA, Political Support for the PRIME Minister
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
SMART
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
PRIORITY AREASS
SDGs
Information
Location:
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Pip Morgan, Pip.Morgan@fco.gov.uk

Documents
#SIDSAction8008
Copyright 2016 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs