[Digestion] Large Biogas plants as enterprise

chanakya at astra.iisc.ernet.in chanakya at astra.iisc.ernet.in
Mon Apr 7 22:43:42 MDT 2014


Dear Rabin,

Efforts of Prof Amulya Reddy near Bangalore in overcoming short fall of
biogas feedstock (animal wastes) by pooling village level resources and
making this economically sustainable with micro-enterprise approaches and
participatory management is quite famous and had been running for over 15
years.  These are well documented in journal Energy for Sustainable
Development with over 20 publications.  They deal with economics and
strategies.  You should look through them if you need to take up this
approach.  Yes he was a pioneer and ahead of his time.

You could also see what more by products could be generated from biogas
plants including energy services if you want to make the overall process
economically and socially sustainable.  Two projects do these with mixed
successes
Bio-energy for Rural India (BERI from GEF)
Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems (RHEES) DST-India and RC-UK
collaboration.

PERSONALLY SPEAKING SELLING GAS FOR COOKING IS FAR MORE ECONOMIC COMPARED
TO CONVERSION TO ELECTRICITY - MANY RURAL ENERGY SERVICES COULD BE DEVISED
AROUND THESE LARGER PLANTS TO MAKE THE OVERALL PROCESS ECONOMICALLY
VIABLE.

WHATEVER ECONOMIC /BUSINESS WONDERS ONE MAY DEVISE FOR CONTINUED RUNNING,
TECHNICAL BACK-UP IS VERY ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE <24h DOWNTIME IN SUCH UNITS.

These two could give you more insights

Best wishes
Chanakya


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