All Resources for the Omni Processor

Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Global
Published date: October 2018

Brief description:

Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment.

Key topics:

  • Financing opportunities
  • Pioneer Gap
  • Enterprise philanthropy
  • Blended finance

Diagram of Potential Use Cases

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: March 2018

Brief description:

Where a J-OP is located will depend on the type and location of its inputs. Co-location with a sewage treatment plant has numerous benefits like access to biosolids and existing infrastructure for dewatering and treating filtrate from the dewatering step. Permitting may also be made easier through co-location. The J-OP can also be constructed in a greenfield site as part of a fecal sludge treatment plant that includes effluent treatment or can act as a centralized processing center for high cake solids dewatered offsite. A range of auxiliary fuel sources (such as municipal solid waste or dry biomass), can be incorporated to increase uptime and energy output.

Key topics:

  • 4 key use cases for the J-OP

J-OP Market Matrix

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: 2018

Brief description:

One of the key factors in determining whether a J-OP is a suitable technology for a city is access to fecal sludge. The market matrix is a continually evolving database of city-level sewerage coverage rates in more than 10,000 cities across 24 low and middle-income countries. The matrix estimates fecal sludge generation by city using best available FS accumulation rates and predicts which cities could support a J-OP.

Key topics:

  • City level sewage coverage
  • Country-level market size estimation
  • Global market size estimation

Valuing Byproducts

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: March 2018

Brief description:

The value of byproducts produced by a sanitation technology can have a material impact on the technology’s economics. However, placing a value on a byproduct can be tricky. In the course of several projects, STeP and our partners have gained some experience that could be useful to others just starting out in this area. This brief note shares the experience STeP and partners have gained from evaluating system economics.

Key topics:

  • Recommended process for analyzing byproducts

Senegal Water Markets Assessment

STeP or Partner: STeP; AfriDev; Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, Principal, Ingineering Innovation LLC; Jerry Hudson, Principal, Prosperity Innovations LLC
Country of focus: Senegal
Published date: 2018

Brief description:

In 2016, AfriDev conducted a preliminary evaluation of three potential markets for water in Senegal. Evaluated markets include: drinking water, coolant and distilled water. This market assessment explores market size, current pricing as well as market trends.

Key topics:

  • Market Size
  • Current Pricing
  • Leading Brands and Providers
  • Buyers
  • Market Trends
  • Buyer Preferences
  • Marketing Recommendations from AfriDev

J-OP Global Economic Model

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: 2018

Brief description:

Understanding the economics of a J-OP in a particular setting is critical – especially to determine whether a J-OP offers the most affordable method for a city to achieve its sanitation objectives. The Excel model provides a useful starting point for anyone seeking to evaluate the economics of a J-OP project. Of course, it is important to take into account the local context – for example, the value of and potential market for byproducts, as well as the cost of key inputs.

Key topics:

  • Net Present Value
  • Levelized cost of treatment

Diagram of Potential Value Propositions for the J-OP

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: March 2018

Brief description:

This diagram identifies general value propositions associated with the J-OP including benefits to public health and the environment.

Key topics:

  • J-OP Value Proposition

J-OP Global Market Roadmap

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: September 2017

Brief description:

As commercial partners plan for global market entry, they will likely be guided by factors such as a country’s political economy, market size, and cost competitiveness with other solutions. The J-OP Global Market Roadmap explores country market sequencing, while the complementary in-country roadmaps for India, Kenya and the Philippines provide tactical guidance for entering those high priority markets.

Key topics:

  • J-OP use case
  • Global market size
  • Competitiveness
  • Global market entry

J-OP Market Landscape- India

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: India
Published date: September 2017

Brief description:

Take a deep dive into the market for the J-OP in India including opportunities and potential barriers to market entry. This analysis evaluates factors influencing both market and technical fit, and proposes a potential market entry strategy, including identification of potential partners and early target cities.

Key topics:

  • Target use cases
  • City/State-level sequencing
  • Products to deploy
  • Partners
  • Policy and regulatory framework

J-OP Market Landscape- Philippines

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Philippines
Published date: September 2017

Brief description:

Take a deep dive into the market for the J-OP in the Philippines including opportunities and potential barriers to market entry. This analysis evaluates factors influencing both market and technical fit, and proposes a potential market entry strategy, including identification of potential partners and early target cities.

Key topics:

  • Target use cases
  • City/State-level sequencing
  • Products to deploy
  • Partners
  • Policy and regulatory framework

J-OP Market Landscape- Kenya

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Kenya
Published date: September 2017

Brief description:

Take a deep dive into the market for the J-OP in Kenya including opportunities and potential barriers to market entry. This analysis evaluates factors influencing both market and technical fit, and proposes a potential market entry strategy, including identification of potential partners and early target cities.

Key topics:

  • Target use cases
  • City/State-level sequencing
  • Products to deploy
  • Partners
  • Policy and regulatory framework

A J-OP Case Study: Dakar, Senegal

STeP or Partner: STeP; Delvic; Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, Principal, Ingineering Innovation LLC; Jerry Hudson, Principal, Prosperity Innovations LLC
Country of focus: Senegal
Published date: 2018

Brief description:

To de-risk the technology and enable widespread commercial deployment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the deployment of a pilot J-OP in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. The project was undertaken through local partners ONAS and Delvic. The city is now preparing to receive the first commercial system in early 2019. Learn about why Dakar was chosen, explore the business case for the commercial unit and understand the roles and responsibilities of key project partners.

Key topics:

  • Senegal’s sanitation landscape
  • J-OP Project Design: from pilot to commercial unit
  • J-OP financial sustainability

How to attract investment for a J-OP- conducting an investor’s meeting

STeP or Partner: STeP; Dr. Apoorv Agarwal, Principal, Ingineering Innovation LLC; Jerry Hudson, Principal, Prosperity Innovations LLC
Country of focus: Global
Published date: 2018

Brief description:

Attracting investment will require capable and committed local partners as well as a compelling business case. Certain investors may also be highly motivated by positive impact for public health and for the environment. To stimulate investment in the commercial unit headed for Dakar, ONAS, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation convened an investors meeting in 2016. Explore when, why and how to conduct an investors’ meeting including: who to invite, what types of information you should be prepared to share and what outcomes to expect.

Key topics:

  • Meeting management, structure and logistics
  • Target Objectives
  • Key Stakeholders, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Information sharing- what to share and how to share it
  • Actual Outcomes
  • Lessons Learned

Market Insights for Omni Processor Technology Development in India

STeP or Partner: Dalberg Advisors
Country of focus: India
Published date: Coming Soon

Brief description:

This analysis will identify market segments and highlight key characteristics, estimate segment size, and define technical requirements an OP would need to meet to achieve a value proposition in each. Insights from this analysis will inform go-to-market strategies and further development of products for specific market segments.

Key topics:

  • Coming Soon

How to Select a Good City for the J-OP

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: Coming Soon

Brief description:

There are a number of qualities that make a city a good fit for a J-OP. Some of the most important ones are institutional capacity, feedstock supply, and access to a suitable site. Evaluating whether a city is a good fit can be achieved by looking for key indicators that signal high likelihood of project success. This document identifies these indicators and discusses how to assess whether a city poses them or not.

Key topics:

  • Coming Soon

Techno-Economic Assessment of Incumbent Technologies

STeP or Partner: Stantec
Country of focus: India
Published date: Coming Soon

Brief description:

The value proposition of a given technology is in part, driven by whether it can compete on cost with incumbent technologies. This analysis explores the levelized cost of treatment of FSM and sewer-based systems currently in use in India to determine where OP technologies can best compete and what cost targets must likely be achieved to compete in those markets.

Key topics:

  • Coming Soon

J-OP Value Proposition in an Indian City

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: India
Published date: Coming Soon

Brief description:

Explore one sample value proposition from a city in Tamil Nadu, India. This diagram identifies key stakeholders and highlights the benefit of the J-OP technology to each.

Key topics:

  • Coming Soon

Sludge Thickening, Dewatering and Drying Technologies

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: Coming Soon

Brief description:

Sludge pre-processing is a critical first step for many OP technologies, with different technologies having varying input requirements. This landscape explores established and emerging thickening, dewatering and drying technologies and includes data on system characteristics such as: current suppliers, cake solids produced, capacity and polymer usage.

Key topics:

  • Sludge thickening
  • Passive sludge dewatering
  • Mechanical sludge dewatering
  • Thermal sludge drying

Cost and Revenue Driver Data to Inform Sanitation System Economics

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: 2017

Brief description:

As partners build technologies, devise business models, and develop market launch strategies, they may seek additional economic data to support financial analysis and strategic decision making. This resource catalogues key cost and revenue drivers in 28 low and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This dataset is for users analyzing sanitation system economics, undertaking system design and business planning activities.

Key topics:

  • grid electricity tariffs (industrial users)
  • estimated diesel genset electricity price
  • estimated average cost of electricity, taking into account reliance on diesel generators
  • diesel pump prices
  • municipal water tariffs
  • corporate tax rates
  • commercial debt interest rates
  • estimated value of heat
  • fecal sludge tipping fees*

* Tipping fee data is extremely limited because few countries have fecal sludge tipping fees in place.

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