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Biogas Plant in Animal Husbandry

Biogas Plant in Animal Husbandry



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Biogas Plants for Agricultural Farm
Biogas Plants for Agricultural Farm

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Uli Werner/Ulrich Stöhr/Nicolai HeesA Publication of the Deutsches Zentrum für Entwicklungstechnologien - GATE , aDivision of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH -1989
Biogas plants have become something of a permanent fixture in TechnicalCooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and partners in developingcountries. Dating back to 1977, the first such projects were incorporated intocooperative efforts with Indian and Ethiopian organizations. At about the same time,the first GTZ project dealing solely with the transfer of biogas technology and theconstruction of biogas plants was launched in Cameroon.In the meantime, GTZ has assisted in building and commissioning several hundredbiogas plants in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. While most of the systems,in question are on a small scale intended to supply family farms with energy andorganic fertilizer, some large-scale systems with the capacity to generate more than100 m³ of biogas daily have been installed on large stock farms and agroindustrialestates.In general, biogas technology is for rural areas. In addition to generating energy,biogas systems help stimulate ecologically beneficial closed-loop systems in theagricultural sector while serving to improve soil quality and promote progress inanimal husbandry. Consequently, the promotion of biogas technology is regarded asan integral part of technical cooperation in rural areas and, hence, as a key sector of development cooperation on the part of the Federal Republic of Germany.Within the GTZ, biogas activities center on- the Biogas Extension Program (GATE), with interdisciplinary teams of extensionofficers presently working in four different countries:- the Special Energy Program (Mineral and Energy Resources Division), with ruralenergy-supply projects now ongoing in ten countries, and- projects engaged in by Division 14(animal production, animal health and fisheries),within which the importance of biogas technology as a flanking measure in animalhusbandry is steadily increasing.By concentrating the engineering and operational experience gained in numerousbiogas projects, this handbook is intended to serve project practicians and advisorsas a valuable practical guideline with regard to technical, agricultural andsocioeconomic aspects.Deutsche Gesellachaft fur TechnischeZusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Authors' ForewordBiogas plants constitute a widely disseminated branch of technology that came intouse more than 30 years ago in Third World countries. There are hundreds of thousands of simple biogas plants now in operation, and each one of them helpsimprove the living and working conditions of people in rural areas.While this guide deals only with biogas systems of simple design, the technology isnonetheless sufficiently complex and rewarding to warrant one's close attention to itsproper application, planning and construction. The only good biogas system is a well-planned, carefully executed and properly functioning one that fulfills its purpose.This guide addresses the planners and providers of stock-farming and agricultural-extension services in developing countries. It is intended to serve as:- a source of information on the potentials of and prerequisites for biogastechnology,- a decision-making and planning aid for the construction and dissemination of biogas plants- a book of reference for information on practical experience and detailed data.While consulting experts, extension officers and advisors with little experience inbiogas technology will find this guideline useful as an initial source of information,biogas practicians can use it as a hands-on manual. The tables and engineeringdrawings contained herein provide standard values for practical application. Theywere compiled from numerous extraneous and proprietary works of reference andthen modified as necessary for practical use. The informational content draws chieflyon the latest know-how and experience of numerous associates involved in thevarious biogas projects of the GTZ Special Energy Program and the GATE/GTZ BiogasExtension Program, of L. Sasse and a great many Third World colleagues and, lastbut not least, OEKOTOP's own project experience.We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues for theircooperation and the constructive criticism that attended the writing of this handbook.Our appreciation also to GATE and the GTZ division Animal Production, Animal Healthand Fisheries, who made this guideline possible. Special thanks also to Klaus vonMitzlaff for the section on gas-driven engines and to Uta Borges for her specialelaboration of the aspects economic evaluation, social acceptance and dissemination.We wish every success to all users of this guide. Feedback in the form of suggestionsand criticism is gratefully welcomed.The OEKOTOP Authors

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