Biogas Milk Chilling to Increase Productivity and Incomes of Dairy Farmers

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Project title

Biogas Milk Chilling to Increase Productivity and Incomes of Dairy Farmers

Project country/region

☐ East Asia & Pacific
☐ Europe & Central Asia
☐ Latin America & The Carribean
☐ Middle East & North Africa
☐ North America
☐ South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa - Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania

Project organisation

SimGas Tanzania, Ltd. (Tanzania)

Project description


SimGas is developing the first off-grid, biogas-powered milk chiller at farm level to help milk supply meet demand: the SimGas Biogas Milk Chiller (BMC). The BMC sparks a revolution in the dairy industry; it is the first link towards a reliable milk cool chain from cow to dairy. It helps small dairy farmers to reduce milk losses and meet quality standards required to access the formal sector. The BMC runs on biogas, produced with an on-farm biogas digester. The amount of manure produced by a cow creates enough biogas to refrigerate her own milk, while leaving enough biogas to cook a meal for the household.


The SimGas Biogas Milk Chiller will empower small dairy farmers to guide their own development; the BMC can greatly improve the income of small dairy farmers, help supply to meet demand, help farmers to access the formal dairy market, and contribute to improved nutrition. The quantity and quality of milk will improve, which will enable dairies to better meet the increasing demand for milk and milk products. Savings at the farm level will lead to additional investments and more satisfied members. In addition, the use of clean energy (biogas) for cooling and other purposes, such as cooking, will help reduce deforestation and carbon emissions.


SimGas is a design and production company with facilities in the Netherlands and East Africa that focuses on clean, affordable, and high quality energy and sanitation solutions. Their teams work together to design, manufacture, and install high quality, modular, domestic biogas systems that can be installed in a day. By doing so, SimGas creates healthy and safe environments for millions of rural households while contributing to the reduction of indoor air pollution, deforestation, and carbon emissions. Together with partner SNV—world leader in promoting domestic biogas in developing countries with 25 years of experience in the sector—SimGas is developing and will demonstrate off-grid, small-scale, biogas-powered milk chillers for smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

SimGas Tanzania, Ltd. (Tanzania) participated successfully in the PAEGC Initiative ( and was with its project 'Biogas Milk Chilling to Increase Productivity and Incomes of Dairy Farmers' among the winners of 2015.

Project related to following sources of energy

☐ Solar

☐ Biomass

☐ Biofuel


☐ Wind

☐ Geo-Thermal

☐ Hydro

☐ Energy Efficiency

☐ Other: /

Project primarily related to the following Commodity Groups

☐ Cereals

☐ Fruits and vegetables

☐ Nuts and berries

☐ Forage

Dairy products

☐ Meat products

☐ Oil Seeds

☐ Roots and Tubers

☐ Eggs

☐ Pulses

☐ Fiber Crops

☐ Forestry

☐ Sugars

☐ Stimulants

☐ Spices

☐ Other: /

Project primarily related to the following Agricultural Value Chain Steps

☐ Mechanization

☐ Efficiency of Operation

☐ Processing

☐ Transportation

☐ Controlled Atmosphere

Controlled Temperature

☐ Mechanical Sorting

☐ Preservation

☐ Other: /

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