[Gasification] Identifying and fixing technical and commercial roadblocks to commercial small-scale CHP gasifiers

Anand Karve adkarve at gmail.com
Thu Jun 28 20:08:56 CDT 2012

Dear stovers,
one of the reasons for biomass burning stoves not being accepted by the
rural people in India is the fact that these devices are not used by
households in the urban areas. The urban way of life serves the rural
people as the role model. It is not the cost of the device but the fact
that biomass burning stoves are considered to be rustic, old fashioned and
a step back into the middle ages.  The same is true of houses made of
bamboo, a biogas plant, or a school curriculum designed specifically to
suit the needs of the rural schools, The rural people would spend any
amount of money for things which they consider prestigeous, such as mobile
phones, motor cycles, lavish marriage ceremonies, but not on a biomass
burning improved stove.
Things may perhaps change after all the petroleum in the world is finished
and even the urban people are forced to use biomass as cooking fuel.

On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM, David Coote <dccoote at mira.net> wrote:

> Thanks, Tom.
> A very useful study would be identifying  at good resolution the reasons
> why small-scale CHP gasifiers fail technically and/or struggle
> commercially. Once that's clearly established suitable focus can be brought
> to bear on what is going wrong between pilot/demonstration and commercial
> phases with a view to fixing the issues. I think the same could apply to
> 2nd generation biofuels.
> Regards
> David
> -----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
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>> P? vegne af Tom Miles
>> Sendt: 28. juni 2012 03:14
>> Til: 'Discussion of biomass pyrolysis and gasification'
>> Emne: Re: [Gasification] Which of the gasifiers Tom listed are meeting
>> Knoef's commercial criteria
>> David,
>> It looks like you have the makings of a survey. :-/
>> Harrie's criteria are good and would be difficult for most suppliers to
>> meet. We want gasifiers to be as readily installed and operated as boilers.
>> We should determine what needs to be done to get more suppliers over all
>> of these hurdles.
>> Tom
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Dr. A.D. Karve
Trustee & Founder President, Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI)
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