Introduction - Relevance of domestic biogas for development

Relevance of domestic biogas for
PPRE Oldenburg University
biogas compact course
April 26 – 28, 2011
Biogas Practice Area
Dr. Henri Spanjers
Based in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Project Director with Lettinga
Associates Foundation (LeAF) at Wageningen University.
email: [email protected]
Willem Boers
Based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Advisor to the Ethiopia National
Domestic Biogas Programme and RE advisor for SNV.
email: [email protected]
Steven von Eye
Based in Groningen, the Netherlands. Energy Analyst for the Energy
Delta Institute
email: [email protected]
Felix ter Heegde
Based in Nairobi, Kenya. Regional biogas / RE advisor for SNV
email: [email protected]
Domestic biogas
• Large scale dissemination of
household bio-digesters;
• Minimum daily feeding 20kg of
animal dung (cattle, buffalos,
pigs, chicken) possibly with a
toilet attachment, maximum
feeding about 200kg;
• Replacing about 5kg of firewood,
1.5 kg of charcoal or 0.6litre of
kerosene per 25kg dung/day;
• Investment cost in Asia between
US$ 350 and 800. In Africa
considerably more expensive.
Biogas Practice Area
Biogas: energy …
• Over 2 billion people
worldwide lack access to
clean, safe and sustainable
domestic energy services.
• Lack of access to
adequate, affordable,
reliable, safe and
environmentally benign
energy is a severe
constraint on development.
• A lack of access to clean
and affordable energy can
be considered a core
dimension of poverty.
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and so much more … :
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MDG & domestic biogas I
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MDG 1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 1
To halve extreme poverty
– Construction and installation of biogas creates employment for
landless rural people.
– Biogas saving on the use of traditional cooking fuels increases the
availability of these fuels for (very) poor members of the community.
MDG 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
Target 4
Eliminate gender disparity in education.
– Domestic biogas reduces the workload –collection of firewood,
tending the fire, cleaning soot of cooking utensils - with 2 to 3 hours
per household per day.
– Biogas illumination is highly appreciated for lighting, facilitating
reading / education / economic activities during the evening.
MDG & domestic biogas II
MDG 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Target 8
Halt/reverse incidence of malaria and other diseases.
• Biogas substitutes conventional
energy sources, virtually
eliminating indoor smoke
pollution and, hence, the related
health risks (e.g. respiratory
diseases, eye ailments, burning
• Biogas greatly reduces the
workload involved in the
collection of traditional cooking
fuels like wood.
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MDG & domestic biogas III
• Biogas significantly improves the
sanitary condition of farm yard
and its immediate surrounding,
lowering the exposure of
household members to harmful
infections generally related with
polluted water and poor
• Proper application of bio-slurry
will improve agricultural
production (e.g. vegetable
gardening), thus contributing to
food security for the community.
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MDG & domestic biogas IV
MDG 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
Target 9
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into
country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental
• Particularly larger biogas
dissemination programmes
have a considerable
governance component.
As such, they positively
influence national policies
on sustainable
development (e.g.
agriculture, forestation) as
well as promote
participatory governance
involving women and other
disadvantaged groups.
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MDG & domestic biogas V
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MDG 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
Target 10
Halve the proportion of people without sustainable access
to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
• Biogas reduces fresh
water pollution as a result
of improved management
of dung. Connection of the
toilet to the biogas plant
significantly improves the
farmyard sanitary
Development at different levels
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Craftsmen, engineers and maintenance workers;
International Community.
Course Topics
Technical aspects
bio-chemical process, plant designs, plant sizing,
Economic aspects
financial returns, subsidies, emission calculations and
marketing of credits
Large scale dissemination
programme set-up / sector development
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We hope you’ll enjoy the course,