SIIC, IIT Kanpur-incubated Agnys develops an automatic composting machine that can convert waste into manure in just 10 days

Kanpur : In a significant development towards efficient waste management, and IIT Kanpur’s resolve to mitigate Climate Change, Agnys Waste Management Pvt. Ltd., a SIIC IIT Kanpur-incubated company, has developed an automatic composting machine known as BHOOMI, in collaboration with Imagineering Lab, IIT Kanpur. BHOOMI stands for Bio-composting of Horticulture & Organic waste into Manure Indigenously. The Research & Development for the device has been supported by Engineer’s India Limited.

The device is equipped with advanced features like carbon filters, shredders, air pumps, solar panels, which systematically convert waste into manure in just 10-20 days. The process is more convenient and rapid than the conventional technologies.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “Proper waste management has always been a very pertinent and crucial issue, especially in urban areas. It has direct implications for the ever-growing concern for Climate Change. At IIT Kanpur, we resolve to work for sustainability and other key areas of environmental conservation. This is a prime step in this regard and I congratulate the whole team for developing BHOOMI. I believe this device would be a boon for treating organic waste and would contribute significantly towards the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives.”

With surmounting concerns for Climate Change, the need for proper waste management is of paramount importance. To achieve this, it is also necessary to bring effective innovations at the grass root level. In India, around 60% of the total waste is organic waste and hence a rapid waste composter was the need of the hour. BHOOMI is a significant development in this regard as it follows the basic science of composting and converts the organic waste into manure in just 10-20 days making it one of the fastest composting solutions.

The device follows a step-wise simplistic process where at first the organic waste goes through the hopper and the inbuilt shredder cuts it into small and uniform pieces. The finely cut waste then enters into the main body of the machine which contains a unique bacterial solution to initiate the composting process. A mixer and air pumps are installed inside to enhance its speed so that the composting is done within 10-20 days. Temperature and humidity sensors are also installed to regularly measure the day-to-day process. After the temperature stabilizes, the compost can be collected for use.

The common issue of smell has been solved by installing advanced carbon filters. Moreover, the solar panels keep the composter energy efficient.

The device can be a blessing for the urban population, where waste management poses a grave concern. The decentralized composting device can easily be installed at any bulk waste generator like apartments, hotels, hostels, institutions, etc. The ergonomic design makes it easily operable and can be very apt in mitigating organic waste and also contributing towards the concept of smart cities. The advanced features of the product like carbon filters, shredders, air pumps, solar panels, make it more efficient than the currently available products in the market. The efficient and cost-effective design makes it 20-30% cheaper than the rest, as well.

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