Monday, February 4, 2008

Biogas well underway

South Africa's national biogas programme is well underway.

Biogas is a product of the anaerobic digestion or fermentation of biodegradable materials such as manure or sewage, municipal waste, and energy crops. (from Wikipedia)

Engineering News reports that in the first phase of the programme 20 000 households will benefit from the scheme. According to the article a potential of 310 000 households have the technical ability to participate in a rural biogas programme.

Biogas is used worldwide as a solution to biodegradable waste and the provision of sustainable energy. For example, the Biogas Support Program in Nepal has installed over 100,000 biogas plants in rural areas. Vietnam’s Biogas Programme for Animal Husbandry Sector has led to the installation of over 20,000 plants throughout that country. According to the Institute of Science in Society, up to the end of 2005, China had 17 million digesters with annual production of 6.5 billion m3 biogas, mostly in rural areas, with 50 million people enjoying the benefits of biogas technology.

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