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Title: Cost benefit analyses for small scale biogas systems development in Ethiopia [Abstract]
Authors: Fox, S.
Blanchard, Richard E.
Keywords: Anaerobic digestion
Ethiopia
Cost benefit analysis
Entrepreneurship
Small and medium scale
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: FOX, S. and BLANCHARD, R.E., 2017. Cost benefit analyses for small scale biogas systems development in Ethiopia. Presented at the International Bioenergy Conference, Manchester, UK, 22-23rd March.
Abstract: In developing countries, anaerobic digestion offers a suitable solution to replace unsustainable utilization of traditional fuels. The full benefits can be gained when the biogas system is fully functional, which requires adequate efforts on the supply and on the demand sides. The National Biogas Programme in Ethiopia aims at developing a “commercially viable, market-oriented biogas sector in the country”. The factors for success and failures are analysed. Costs-benefits analyses are carried out on the supply and demand sides with sensitivity analysis at household level considering two scenario (“potential” and “to date”). The analysis highlights the high potential in economic terms, but the need to address challenges that are specific to the Ethiopian context. The biodigesters are still expensive for the households and not yet fully suited to the energy needs, and the constructors may not get sufficient benefits to remain actively involved in the sector. Biogas development is highly relevant in the Ethiopian context and these challenges are being addressed by the programme, with adequate solutions being put in place, but a pure commercial market model may not easily work at this stage.
Description: This is an abstract of a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24678
Publisher Link: http://www.supergen-bioenergy.net/conference/
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