Household anaerobic digesters for biogas production in Latin America: a review

This review aims to provide an overview of household biogas digester implementation in rural areas of Latin America. It considers the history of household digesters in Latin America, including technical, environmental, social and economic aspects. Several successful experiences have been promoted du...

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Main Author: Mart? Hererro, Jaime Emilio
Format: Artículos
Language:eng
Published: 2017
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Online Access:http://repositorio.educacionsuperior.gob.ec/handle/28000/4107
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Summary:This review aims to provide an overview of household biogas digester implementation in rural areas of Latin America. It considers the history of household digesters in Latin America, including technical, environmental, social and economic aspects. Several successful experiences have been promoted during the last decade, including the creation of the Network for Biodigesters in Latin America and the Caribbean (RedBioLAC) that provides a forum to coordinate implementation and research programmes throughout the continent. Although the potential of this technology is well demonstrated, some barriers are identified, such as the need for technical improvements, lack of social acceptance and high investment costs. Thus, further efforts should be undertaken to overcome these barriers and improve the technical performance, social acceptance, economic benefits and environmental impact in order to enhance its wide-spread dissemination in energy poor communities.